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Larry the Chief Mouser : And Other Official Cats, Paperback / softback Book

Larry the Chief Mouser : And Other Official Cats Paperback / softback


The current feline tenant of 10 Downing Street, Larry, has captured the nation's hearts with his public appearances and witty Twitter feed. Larry the Chief Mouser comes from a long line of cats in UK government.

For over 200 years this government has used cats to rid their buildings of mice.

For a long time the animals remained unofficial, but then in the 1930s government departments started to apply to the treasury for a feline upkeep allowance.

The cats thus became `official' members of government and, as it turned out, well loved. There are many funny stories linked to these cats: Home Office cat `Peter the Great' became a celebrity in 1958 when the public issued concerns that he wasn't being paid enough; Peter's successor, unusually a female Manx cat, was considered to have a `diplomatic background' and thus gained a pay rise!

More recent cats include Chief Mouser Larry, who appeared at David Cameron's resignation speech, and the Foreign Office cat Palmerston, who has a substantial Twitter following. Including letters and memos held by The National Archives, plus photographs of the cats themselves, this book takes a fresh approach to what goes on at Whitehall.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 24 pages, Over 50 illustrations and photographs
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books
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  • Category: Photographs: collections
  • ISBN: 9781841657615



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