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Cats in May

Cats in May

Doreen Tovey Cat Books (Volume 1)

Doreen Tovey; Illustrations by Dan Brown

St. Martin's Press




The Toveys attempt to settle down to quiet life in the country. Unfortunately, their tyrannical Siamese cats have other ideas. From causing an uproar on the BBC to claiming to have been kidnapped, Sheba and Solomon's outrageous behavior leaves the Toveys at their wits' end. Meanwhile, Doreen has to contend with her husband's disastrous skills as a handyman, a squirrel that chews the buttons off all his suits, and a runaway tortoise named Tarzan. Both human and animal characters come to life on the page in these witty stories, including Sidney, the problem-prone gardener, and Blondin, the brandy-swilling squirrel.

In a new edition, with 20 delightful black and white illustrations, Tovey's tales are ready for rediscovery by a new generation of cat lovers. A truly enjoyable read for anyone who's ever been owned by a cat, it will tickle your funny bone and tug on your heartstrings.


Chapter 1

It was stupid to write about those cats, of course. All it did—like getting their names in the Sunday papers—was make them worse than ever.

In the old days when people stopped to talk to us over the cottage gate the cats...


Praise for Cats in May

“My all-time-favorite cat nonfiction consists of Doreen Tovey's very funny accounts of her love affair with Siamese cats, including Cats in May.” —Nancy Pearl, from Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason

“Good to see that Tovey's charming stories about the delights and downfalls of living with Siamese cats are coming back into print.” —Publishing News

“No one writes about cats with more wit, humor, and affection than Doreen Tovey. Everyword is a delight!” —The People's Friend

“This witty and stylish tale will have animal lovers giggling to the very last page.” —Your Cat magazine

“Every so often, there comes along a book--or if you're lucky, books--which gladden the heart, cheer the soul, and actually immerse the reader in the narrative. Just such books are those written by Doreen Tovey.” —Cats magazine

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About the author

Doreen Tovey; Illustrations by Dan Brown

DOREEN TOVEY lived in a 250-year-old cottage in Somerset, the ideal setting for her bestselling books. She was president of the Siamese Cat Club and has been president of the West of England Cat Club. Doreen passed away in 2007.

Doreen Tovey

Doreen Tovey

Dan Brown

From the Publisher

St. Martin's Press

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