A Chaos of Cats by William Lee is a wonderfully moving memoir of a life filled with cats, dominated by cat ownership and ruled by moggies.

‘There is considerable wisdom to be gleaned from the observation of Cats’  

As an extraordinarily talented observer, William Lee introduces us to the cats he has known and shared his life with. From the ginger and white moggy of his childhood and the kittens that helped build a friendship with the girl next door, to the cats adored by his two children and those watching him as he pens this book, Lee guides us on a journey of friendship, love and loss.

We meet Lee’s cat Clovis who adores the mud and rain, Tibby  the nurturing mother who was once the neighbourhood femme fatale, Garbage who abandons her kittens, Tilly the home-wrecker and Whiskers; the most adored. When Whiskers suddenly dies, the Lee household are bereft until Whiskers the Second, another black and white tom, lights up their life …

Lee reminds us that to own a cat is to know that you can love and be loved. The greatest honour is when we are chosen, when we are adopted by one of life’s waifs and strays. After all, a cat sees itself as more of a person than an animal and will only go where it wants to be.

This is an incredible book from a new author who stands out both for the quality of his writing and his ability to identify with his audience in ways that are wonderfully funny and deeply moving.

William Lee lives in Italy and A Chaos of Cats is his first novel.

Published in hardback by Hodder and Stoughton and available on 19th October 2006 from www.amazon.co.uk and www.amazon.com

ISBN 978-0340-90837-2

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