Following the success of Cathedral Cats, Richard Surman's new book promises to be even more appealing with the beautiful cat portraits it captures. Richard Surman has toured the ecclesiastical sites of Britain photographing cats in abbeys, priories, churches and minsters. For this book he has focused on the larger, close-up portraits of cats, making it a sumptuous coffee table book, with plenty of lovable characters. Each of the 20 chapters begins with a line drawing of the church, followed by 2 or 3 photographs of the cats that live there. Richard Surman tells their stories with sensitive and often humorous commentary.
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This book, and a companion volume "Cathedral Cats" (ISBN: 0006280714), form a group portrait of some of the most privileged cats in Britain. Their homes could not be more ancient or more splendid. They are admired by thousands of tourists. There is hardly a door or a window that is closed to them. They have the run of roofs and vaults, nooks and crannies, cloisters and choirs. Photographer Richard Surman has traveled to dozens of Britain's great churches and cathedrals to record these ecclesiastical felines, and each photo is accompanied by a pen portrait of the cat and its particular eccentricities. There is Biggles, for example, feline tyrant of Westminster Abbey, who was issued an official warning by the police after mauling a constable's trousers! Such is the stuff of these two irresistible books.About the Author:
RICHARD SURMAN is a professional photographer and has travelled the world working on many prestigious projects.
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Book Description Harper Collins, UK, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. New Hardback copy, clean and bright internally, book and dust jacket has little to no shelf wear. The book contains the stories and photographs of different church cats Surman encountered. Published in 1999. Bookseller Inventory # 3007336