The Year of the Cat: Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett


I looked around at my flat, at the woodchip wallpaper and scuffed furniture, and realised that I did have a life after all. What it didn’t have in it was a cat. Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett grew up in rural Wales with a severely autistic brother and a single mother who did everything she could to give her children a truly magical childhood. At the heart of what made their chaotic, loving house a home were a succession of extraordinary cats. Moving from winter to spring over the course of a long, locked-down year, this nimble and gorgeously written memoir charts the way a small cat called Mackerel changed everything about Rhiannon’s life, taught her to face down her fears, and to appreciate quite how much love she had to offer.

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**’How one small cat called Mackerel inspired a leap of hope… tender and uplifting’ Stylist Non-fiction you can’t miss**
‘Radiant and lovingly written’ Crib Notes
‘Nothing short of revelatory’ I Newspaper
‘Conjures a heady, terrifying time in beautiful detail’ Nell Frizzell

When Rhiannon fell in love with, and eventually married her flatmate, she imagined they might one day move on. But this is London in the age of generation rent, and so they share their home with a succession of friends and strangers while saving for a life less makeshift.

The desire for a baby is never far from the surface, but can she be sure that she will ever be free of the anxiety she has experienced since an attack in the street one night? And after a childhood spent caring for her autistic brother, does she really want to devote herself to motherhood?

Moving through the seasons over the course of lockdown, The Year of the Cat nimbly charts the way a kitten called Mackerel walked into Rhiannon’s home and heart, and taught her to face down her fears and appreciate quite how much love she had to offer.

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Weight 0.43 kg
Dimensions 21.8 × 14.2 × 3.4 cm










823.92 (edition:23)


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