Edited by his children, Giles and Victoria, Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks is an anthology of writing from the former editor of Punch and Radio 4 national treasure Alan Coren, who died in October 2007. In a prolific forty-year career Alan Coren wrote for The Times , Observer , Tatler , Daily Mail , Mail on Sunday , Listener , Punch and the New Yorker , and published over 20 books including The Sanity Inspector , Golfing for Cats and The Collected Bulletins of Idi Amin . Even twenty years ago he estimated that he had published six million words, or ten copies of War and Peace . This anthology draws together the best of his published work as new unpublished autobiographical material. Coren was one of Britain's most prolific and now much-missed humourists, finding the comedy of life all around him and rendering it, hilariously and compellingly, in polished and witty prose which will be eagerly devoured by his loyal fanbase. Alan Coren was born in 1938 in Southgate, North London. From East Barnet Grammar School, he went to Wadham College, Oxford on a scholarship, and then to Yale and Berkeley to study modern American literature. He abandoned plans for an academic career when Punch magazine, to which he had been contributing articles from America, offered him a job on its staff. He became deputy editor in 1969 and editor in 1978. From 1988 he wrote a hugely popular column for The Times , which continued until the end of his life. He died in 2007. 'The book is a fitting testament to a man who gave millions joy.' Richard Morrison, The Times 'The warmth and wit of these pieces stand the test of time.' Independent on Sunday 'A charming compilation of some of the best from a man widely regarded as the funniest writer in English.' Weekend Herald 'A wonderful and un-put-downable example of a great humorist's craft.' Launceston Examiner
Are you thinking about taking on the huge responsibility of owning a cat? This book is a comprehensive guide for children aged 8+ to caring for a new cat or a kitten - including animals taken from a rescue centre such as Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. It covers all aspects such as choosing the right pet for you, making it feel at home, daily care, what to feed him/her and how best to communicate with your cat. The book is endorsed by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home - the most famous animal refuge charity in the country - and illustrated with images from Battersea's photo library and by the quirky cartoons of Jason Chapman who has been illustrator for the Home for a number of years.
Texts from Mittens is a series of text message conversations between a snappy, self-absorbed housecat named Mittens and his long-suffering human, a single woman who works away from home during the day. Mittens relentlessly hassles his human all day long, while only taking breaks to watch Judge Judy, hang with his best friend Stumpy, complain about the antics of Drunk Patty the neighbor, ask Grandma for money to buy useless items from QVC, and harass the "filthy beast" dog, Phil. Angie Bailey is an award-winning writer and blogger, humorist, and professional member of the Cat Writers' Association. Her primary blog, Catladyland, has won many awards, and her humor writing is featured nearly daily on Catster.com, one of the most popular cat sites on the Web. She loves to photograph her cats in silly poses and sleeps with one eye open. And yes, she has three cats. "Each installment of Texts From Mittens is like a little gift to brighten your day!" Kate Benjamin, Hauspanther founder and co-author of Catification with Jackson Galaxy " Texts From Mittens makes me wish my cat had thumbs! This is a hilarious book; Angie Bailey has done it again!" Jeremy Greenberg, Author of Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed "We all knew that cats were hilarious, but Ms. Bailey's sardonic cat quips really take their mannerisms, attitude and occasional apathy to another level." Susan Michals, Curator of Cat Art Show Los Angeles Come home! There's an emergency! What?? Are you OK? My dish is half empty! I'll be home soon. You wish starvation upon me! Stop being dramatic. Am weeak. Caan hasrdly tyyppe. Are you going to wear those black pants on your bed? Yes. I have a date. They're comfortable. Mittens, get off my pants! FYI: Poly-blend makes your butt look big
Where does the key to the deaths on Breakfast Island lie? Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum, with a little help from Jim Qwilleran, are on the case in Lilian Jackson Braun's delightful mystery The Cat Who Came to Breakfast . Perfect for cat lovers and cosy crime fans. ' It's a Wonderful Life meets The Aristocats in this daft but endearing whodunnit' - Liverpool Daily Post When Jim Qwilleran's friend Polly decides to spend two weeks on vacation with an old girlfriend in Oregon, he finds himself at a loose end. But not for long - a visit from Nick Bamba brings news of a hotbed of mystery. Nick and his wife, Lori, fear that their new venture, the Domino Inn on recently developed Breakfast Island, won't see out one summer season let alone a lifetime. And a series of fatal accidents is beginning to deter further visitors... What readers are saying about The Cat Who Came to Breakfast : 'Feline [mysteries full of] fun and joviality . The cats are so perfect yet so comical in their antics you cannot help but laugh ' ' Koko at his best ' ' Five stars '