cat reading

Cats on the Page - Exhibition

23 November 2018

A free exhibition on cats in books opens at the British Library on Friday the 23rd November, a must for all cat lovers. The exhibits range from childhood favourites such as Mog, to Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats the inspiration for the phenomenally successful musical Cats. You will also encounter felines from around the word that have popped up on pages.

Animal tales in general - and cat stories in particular - are highly popular with many of our members so here is a selection for you to listen to. We have cats as sleuths in Linda Jackson Braun’s books, cats in poems, felines in frightening tales like Cat out Of Hell by Lynne Truss, and real live cats such as A Street Cat Named Bob. We are also suggesting a couple of children’s books than can be enjoyed by adults too, a favourite being Thomasina by Paul Gallico which was made into a film (The Three Lives of Thomasina) starring Patrick McGoohan, of The Prisoner fame, and Susan Hampshire.


Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Elliott (11612)

Poetry for Cats by Henry Beard (Ed) (10949)

Ten Poems about Cats (9115)

Children’s Books:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (615002)

The Cat Mummy by Jacqueline Wilson (616238)

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford (1919)

Kittens in the Kitchen by Lucy Daniels (615967)

Thomasina by Paul Gallico (615733)

Literary Fiction:

The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide (11135)

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (11148)

On Cats by Doris Lessing (10589)

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa (12823)

Crime Fighting Cats:

The Cat Who Played Post Office by Lilian Jackson Braun (12391)

Murder at the Cat Show by Marion Babson (12662)

Gothic Moggies:

Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss (10093)

The Lunar Cats by Lynne Truss (12056)

Real Cat Stories:

A Cat Called Norton by Peter Gethers (8835)

Dewey the Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron (8651)

Enough to Make a Cat Laugh by Deric Longden (4856)

Felix the Railway Cat by Kate Moore (12354)

A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen (9805)

Under the Paw: Confessions of a Cat Man by Tom Cox (8595)