The Unadulterated Cat, Hardback Book
3.5 out of 5 (10 ratings)


From bestselling author Terry Pratchett, everything you need to know to identify the real, unadulterated cat. The Unadulterated Cat is becoming an endangered species as more and more of us settle for those boring mass-produced cats the ad-men sell us - the pussies that purr into their gold-plated food bowls on the telly.

But the Campaign for Real Cats sets out to change all that by helping us to recognise a true, unadulterated cat when we see one.

For example: real cats have ears that look like they've been trimmed with pinking shears; real cats never wear flea collars...or appear on Christmas cards...or chase anything with a bell in it; real cats do eat quiche. And giblets. And butter. And anything else left on the table, if they think they can get away with it.

Real cats can hear a fridge door opening two rooms away...


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 160 pages, 65 Line Drawing(s)
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Humour
  • ISBN: 9780752853697



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Funny book, if you have a cat, you will see your cat in here.

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I am not a cat person at all (I have a dog who likes cats...but not in a good way) but I found this book ridiculously funny. Of course, Terry Pratchett could probably write about something like suicide and still evoke a chuckle, but this little tome about the oddities of cats made me laugh out public. And the illustrations are just the right kind of special sauce to accompany it. One of my favourite Pratchett books.

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Terry Pratchett looks at Cats and wonders: "Where have all the Real Cats gone?" and so he composed this short, funny and entertaining novel describing what a Real Cat is, where it comes from and what a Real Cat Owner has to cope with. Gray Jolliffe's cartoons are funny, on the spot and a perfect addition to Pratchett's novel.

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The Unadulterated Cat is a slight book, a set of cat humor pieces written by Terry Pratchett and illustrated by Gray Joliffe. There's nothing wrong about the book per se - the humor isn't bad and the scratchy illustrations fit the book well - but there's nothing particularly interesting about it either; it's basic and only occasionally original cat/pet humor. Entertaining, but not really worth picking up unless you're big on cat humor or a Pratchett completionist.

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A delightful little homage to REAL cats, with witty descriptions of situations which any cat owner will recognize. Cartoon illustrations by Gray Jolliffe add to the fun. Short and sweet.

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