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Jeoffry

By Oliver Soden

9780750999311

ISBN: 9780750999311

Published: 24-02-2022


Jeoffry

By Oliver Soden

ISBN: 9780750999311

Published: 24-02-2022

About This Book

‘One of the most beautiful and haunting books of recent times’ Alexander McCall Smith


‘Inspired and original’ Hilary Mantel


‘A book to cherish’ TLS


Jeoffry was a real cat who lived 250 years ago, confined to an asylum with Christopher Smart, one of the most visionary poets of the age. In exchange for love and companionship, Smart rewarded Jeoffry with the greatest tribute to a feline ever written.

Prize-winning biographer Oliver Soden combines meticulous research with passages of dazzling invention to recount the life of the cat praised as ‘a mixture of gravity and waggery’. The narrative roams from the theatres and bordellos of Covent Garden to the cell where Smart was imprisoned for mania. At once whimsical and profound, witty and deeply moving, Soden’s biography plays with the genre like a cat with a toy. It tells the story of a poet and a poem, while setting Jeoffry’s life and adventures against the roaring backdrop of eighteenth-century London.

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