Whenever I need to track down an obscure or out of print book, I go to AbeBooks. Today, I had the urge to find a book I suddenly recalled reading as a child – a fabulous tale about a cat; a true story that left me in tears, both heartbroken and elated. You see, Uncle Whiskers – the eponymous cat of the novel by Philip Brown – had no front legs: he was a fore-limb double amputee, following a horrific road accident. Yet, despite this, Uncle Whiskers lived an amazing, full life.
Anyway, where was I? Oh yes – AbeBooks. I did find the book there, and I also discovered, in a weird sort of synchronicity, that AbeBooks hosts a page dedicated to bookshop cats. As far as I can tell they all have all of their legs, but there is a sweet little cat there who has only one eye – Zola, the ‘the one-eyed pirate kitty mascot’ of the Iliad Bookshop in North Hollywood, CA. Click here to see Zola and the other bookshop cats.