Cathedral Cats

Cathedral CatsNo Cat Lover Will Be Able To Resist Cathedral Cats Photographer Richard Surman Has Visited Than Twenty Cathedrals Throughout England, Scotland, Wales And Northern Ireland And Has Identified A Cat That Is Intimately Associated With Each Of Them He Has Produced Two Gorgeous Colour Pictures Of Each Cat In Its Typical Habitat These Are Accompanied By A Pen Portrait Documenting The Cat S Life In The Cathedral And Its Particular Foibles And Eccentricities The Book Is Full Of Humour And Insight Into The Twilight World Of The Cat Biggles, Feline Tyrant Of Westminster Abbey, Was Born In A Mining Village And Now Hunts Rats And Other Cats In The Ancient Cloisters His Daily Promenade Takes Him Right Down The Centre Aisle Of The Abbey, And He Has Been Seen Both Asleep And Sharpening His Claws On The High Altar He Hides In A Dense Virginia Creeper And Surprises Passers By, Notably Dogs And Japanese Tourists He Was Issued With An Official Warning By The Westminster Police After He Mauled A Constable S Trousers Such Is The Stuff Of Cathedral Cats Cats and old buildings seem to go hand in hand in Great Britain Cathedral Cats is another photographic journal that tracks the lives of cats living in historic and in this case, religious buildings in Great Britain It s a short read, less than one hundred pages but the photographic portraits of the cats in their homes and scouting their territories are beautiful I think I spent time appreciating the photography than I did in reading the accompanying text Cats and architecture make a nice combination The photographs are lovely and it s the perfect book to read in an afternoon.I should add that it was a perfect book to read on a day when I hadn t had much sleep Caligula, my cat, even took some time to admire some of the photographed felines. A lovely look inside some of the most beautiful and historic buildings in Britain by giving the biographies of all the cats that live there.As an unexpected spinoff the reader also gets a look at the life of the Cathedrals and who looks after them There are families living there with children and other animals as these are working communities both pastoral and serving the wider communities.The cats pass through all these places, making them their own They garner the love and devotion of their human companions and show a glimpse into a world that can appear mysterious to the outsider.The cats are all beautiful, their personalities are quickly captured with all their foibles and eccentricities.A fun satisfying read. This book is the greatest of its time, and has helped to firmly establish the genre of felines in places of worship If you found this book unappealing, I suggest you reexamine your view, because you are objectively wrong. I enjoyed this book very much The photos were lovely, the pieces about the buildings were interesting, but for me, it was all about the cats I think what I loved the most about this book, were the stories about the resident cats their personalities, their habits, likes and dislikes The author writes about them with a touch of gentle humour and obvious admiration A lovely book. This one has been sitting on my bookshelf for years and while I ve flicked through the gorgeous photos of cats exploring their cathedral homes, I d never read the accompanying text Alongside the photos, which are beautiful, are charming little profiles of the different cats, their personalities and their daily habits It s all very English, and sweet A nice casual read for an afternoon when I needed a little cheering. I really enjoyed this book Lovely stories about lucky cats who lives in English Cathedrals One gets to know their aventures and how they came to live there I specially enjoyed Tomkins story from Chelmsford Cathedral This book has really great pictures, too It s really encouraging to know there is a place where cats are loved and taken care of. A quick little read Basic history of each English cathedral is given, along with the individual cat s presences and personalities, and the people who own them. Cathedral CatsThis was a lovely and very welcome gift from a friend.However, I must confess that my only brush with a cathedral cat was when I found two little bowls sitting in a cloister I can t now remember whether it was Gloucester or Canterbury Cathedral but I hovered hopefully for some time in case their owner returned Alas they didn t But, no doubt, they were curled up in a vestry somewhere else in the building or enjoying a photo call with visitors.This book was published in 2006 so some of the featured cats such as Salisbury Cathedral s Wolfie may have gone to the great fireside in the sky but I m sure that there are always new cathedral cats to replace them Wolfie lives on in a fridge magnet which is sitting on my fridge.The book begins with an introduction explaining the author s fascination with cats and cathedrals As he says, cats are no longer invited into these hallowed places due to their skills as keeping down vermin but also because cathedral staff have changed both clergy and lay.Nineteen Cathedrals and their handsome felines are featured with sumptuous colour photos of them posing on ecclesiastical property For example, on page 34, the magnificently named Godiva and Leofric are perched aloft watching over College Green at Durham Cathedral They look like furry gargoyles There s another photo of Godiva in mid prowl as she s on her way to a Chapter House meeting The cover photo alone is worth the price of the book and you can feel that the author and photographer, Richard Surman, is not only a talented photographer but also as he declares on the dust jacket, a lifelong cat lover The felines in his photos display their personalities to us especially on page 66 as Ivor attempts to play the organ or on page 93 with the smiling, aptly named Fat Cat I defy anyone not to be cheered by that photo.Each chapter features that cats who live within their particular Cathedral precincts with a brief description of their individual eccentricities and also the Cathedral staff who look after them.I was very amused by the names of some of the cats Canterbury s Rhubarb, Fungus and Magic, Lazarus at St Edmundsbury and the glamorous Scheherazade at Ely.A wonderful little book which I m sure I ll be re reading again. PROS Cats Some of the cat stories were hilarious, like the cat and the sausage incident CONS Cons Why would a book about cats have any cons Okay, cat pictures

Richard Surman is a British writer and photographer, working from the UK and Spain He specializes in all types of location photography and works with a wide range of multinational corporate, editorial, advertising and design clients He has published a number of books and also collaborated on a wide range of travel, gardening and specialist guide books, as well as contributing to magazines in the

❮KINDLE❯ ❄ Cathedral Cats ❁ Author Richard Surman –
  • Hardcover
  • 96 pages
  • Cathedral Cats
  • Richard Surman
  • English
  • 12 December 2019
  • 9780006276586

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