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Book review: Cat Pies - Grace Elliot

by Donna Brown (writer), West Yorkshire, December 22, 2011

Review of Grace Elliot's volume of feline historical trivia, Cat Pies


Did the Victorian’s really eat cat pies?

Why are cats fabled with having nine lives?

Who invented the cat flap?

Do black cats bring good or bad luck?

Why did Victorian veterinarians have such a bad reputation?

Is cat-gut really made from cats?

How did cats win a battle?

You will find the answers to these and many more questions of feline historical trivia in “Cat Pies”.


I contacted Grace directly via Kindle Boards because I’d seen her post about a new cat-related title and my interest was immediately piqued. Grace very kindly provided a review copy of her title – full of historical feline related trivia – and I had a quick look at the first few pages. Of course, I immediately fell hook line and sinker into the book and kept breaking off to read things to Mr B.

One of the things that has always intrigued me about cats is how many contradictory views there are of them. They have been revered and reviled, adored and abhored, loved and loathed for as long as we have had any sort of relationship with them. It is for those reasons that I find any volume that considers our relationship with cats very intriguing and Grace Elliot’s title is no exception.

Sharing the secrets of the Cat Meat Man (which may or may not be as disturbing to you as it sounds – I’ll save that mystery!) and covering a range of topics, Elliot’s title offers a wonderful glimpse into cats through history. Full of trivia, literary and cultural references, anecdotes and quotations, this is a title that will appeal to trivia lovers and those with any interest in our feline friends.

An excellent addition to any library and a wonderful celebration of our furry friends. Or enemies. Whatever your view of cats, I defy you not to be fascinated by this volume and the things you’ll learn about them.

About the Writer

Donna Brown is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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