Particularly Cats and Rufus the Survivor

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This is an evocative look at the cats Doris Lessing has lived with, illustrated with full-colour pastels by Anne Robinson and featuring new stories. Lessing brings her shrewd observation of character and her own inimitable style to the feline world. Doris Lessing has been three times nominated for the Booker Prize and won the 1985 W.H.Smith Award.

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Unmistakably Lessing, this book insinuates itself into the imagination with the skill and grace of a cat, a brilliant evocation of feline existence… With her intensely visual imagination and cool, precise eye, Doris Lessing comes nearer than any writer to understanding the elusive nature of cats, whether they are half-wild beasts on an African farm or the domesticated creatures who share her life in London.

"Grey Cat strolls around the bed at night, choosing her favoured place, in the angle behind my knees or against the curve of my foot. She licks my face delicately, then settles down. In the morning when she wishes me to wake, she crouches on my chest and pats my face with her paw. If I am on my side, she crouches, looking into my face. Soft, soft touches of her paw…"

"The author tells her story straight and simply, with none of those anthropomorphic touches that make you want to throw a can of tuna at people…"
HARPERS & QUEEN

"An unsentimental and unwhimsical, but not unpartisan, study of cat-and-human relationships. An entertaining read for both cat and Lessing connoisseurs"
STEVIE SMITH, 'Observer'

'"Particularly Cats' is not really about cats at all, it's about real characters"
VIRGINIA IRONSIDE, 'Daily Mail'

"A natural! Shows us the hidden world behind the bright eyes of every cat"
LIBRARY JOURNAL

About the Author:

Doris Lessing is one of the most important writers of the twentieth century and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature 2007. Her first novel, 'The Grass is Singing', was published in 1950. Among her other celebrated novels are 'The Golden Notebook', 'The Fifth Child' and 'Memoirs of a Survivor'. She has also published two volumes of her autobiography, 'Under my Skin' and 'Walking in the Shade'. Her most recent novel is 'Alfred and Emily'.

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