Castle Cats of Britain and Ireland

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9780006279457: Castle Cats of Britain and Ireland

An ideal gift for cat lovers everywhere, this delightful photo book of "aristocats", assembled by the author of Cathedral Cats and College Cats, captures the antics and beauty of these wonderful felines as well as the majesty of the castles they call home. Over 50 color photos.

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Following the success of 'Cathedral Cats' and 'College Cats', Richard Surman travelled the length and breadth of Britain and Ireland in pursuit of another group of privileged creatures, the 'Castle Cats.'

At Penhow in South Wales, he was greeted at the drawbridge by Sophie and Runcie. Sumo, the great wrestling cat of Hever Castle, treated him to a neck lock. Rockingham's Brandy tried to escape through a secret tunnel, whilst at Dunrobin in the north-east of Scotland, George haunts his own stone turret.

William and Harriet at the Tower of London have worked out novel ways of enjoying the ravens without risk. Crathes Castle cats observe each other warily through arrow slits. Buzzards are a hazard for the dainty Ellie at Dunvegan, on the Isle of Skye. Ripley is graced by Blackie, a dreadlocked feudal retainer who fiercely defends his castle demesne.

As usual, feline misdemeanours abound: Brandy hides in the pantry eating roast pheasant; Sumo's habit of leaping onto shoulders (especially in the dark) has scared the life out of his owner; at Dunrobin, the Hamlet-like George wanders disconsolately along the seashore.

From aristocrat to warder, the 'Castle Cats' fulfil their duties in a typically unpredictable and hilarious way.

About the Author:

Richard has been a professional photographer for 30 years, working for leading advertising agencies & magazines. He was also a founder member and artistic director of the Ledbury Poetry Festival. He has lived in Spain for the last five years, writing and photographing articles on monastic and church architecture, in northern Spain. Richard also leads tours of European historical houses. Richard and his family divide their time between London and the Asturian mountains of northern Spain.

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