*THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER and Richard & Judy summer book club pick*
‘Even speaking as a dog man, I thought Cat Lady was an absolute joy to read’ MATT HAIG
Fresh, funny and for anyone who’s ever felt astray, CAT LADY will help you belong – because a woman always lands on her feet.
WHAT IF THE LIFE YOU’RE LIVING . . . ISN’T THE ONE YOU WANT?
Mia has made all the right choices. She’s married, she has the nice house, the good career. But life isn’t about fitting into a box. And there’s another woman inside her who’s just clawing to get out . . .
PRAISE FOR CAT LADY:
‘My book of the year’ Reader review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A reminder to live your life your way. Cat or no cat’ Fearne Cotton
‘Really gets the reader to think about what matters in life Unputdownable and completely wonderful!’ Reader review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Witty, thought-provoking and hilarious, Cat Lady is a triumph’ The Unmumsy Mum
‘Dawn O’Porter challenges the stereotypes of the typical ‘cat lady’ with this beautiful and emotional read’ Reader review⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘An ode to finding your people and a celebration of the small things that bring us together’ Emma Gannon
‘I absolutely adored this book!’ Reader review⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Funny, heart-wrenching and full of warmth’ Sarah Morgan
‘A beautifully written book that I'd recommend to anyone’ Reader review⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A lovely onion of a book, layered with humour and emotion’ Daisy Haggard
‘A joyous, touching, funny, sharp story – I cannot praise it enough. Purr-fection’ Milly Johnson
Dawn O’Porter's book 'Cat Lady' was a Sunday Times bestseller w/c 24-10-2022.
‘A reminder to live your life your way. Cat or no cat’ FEARNE COTTON
‘I love the way Dawn writes. Even speaking as a dog man, I thought Cat Lady was an absolute joy to read. It is warm, funny and challenges a few stereotypes along the way. I also now want a cat’ MATT HAIG
‘A perfect mix of moving, funny and a little bit bonkers, in Dawn's signature style. A love letter to pets everywhere, an ode to finding your people and a celebration of the small things that bring us together’ EMMA GANNON
‘I cried with laughter as much as sorrow . . . this engrossing and entertaining novel is the cat's whiskers’ SUNDAY EXPRESS
‘I can’t remember the last time a book made me laugh so hard. Witty, thought-provoking and hilarious, Cat Lady is a triumph’ THE UNMUMSY MUM
‘Beautifully written, heart-breaking and hilarious, often counter-intuitive and always thought-provoking’ DAILY MAIL
‘Funny, heart-wrenching and full of warmth. I adored this book’ SARAH MORGAN
‘A witty, tender novel’ I PAPER
‘Quirky, funny and unexpected’ ADELE PARKS
‘At last a kickass novel for us cat ladies. We are legion – and this book is FABULOUS. Purr-fection. I adored it’ MILLY JOHNSON
‘Cat lovers will rejoice in this tale of a woman who simply cannot, and maybe doesn’t want to, be tamed’ HEAT
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Dawn O’Porter brings empathy and nuance to the “cat lady” stereotype in her latest novel, which centres on Mia, a fortysomething woman whose deep, emotional connection with her cat leads her to join a bereavement support group for people grieving the loss of their pets. Although Mia’s cat is very much alive, she finds comfort in the company of others who understand the unique and unconditional love between humans and animals, and quickly becomes reliant on the group as a source of empathy sorely lacking in her conventional everyday life. When her marriage and career implode in spectacular fashion, Mia’s carefully controlled persona implodes with them, giving way to the quirky, complicated identity she has been suppressing in order to fit in with societal expectations. O’Porter examines themes of grief, sex, community and childhood trauma from an original perspective, resolving in a bittersweet ending that gives Cat Lady resonance beyond its unusual subject matter.
Dawn just keeps getting better
Love the characters and Dawn’s ability to make it feel so real and edgy. She gets it spot on
This funny but heartwarming story had me chuckling and crying within a few pages. I read it in two days I was gripped! Fab book, especially if you are a crazy cat lady yourself!
Just make sure you have tissues at the ready as you get closer to the end of this book