Enough To Make A Cat Laugh

While I’ve recently spent the best part of two weeks suffering from the debilitating effects of Aussie flu I’ve been doing a lot of reading, and though I’ve got a couple of recently purchased books waiting for attention I didn’t really feel in the mood for either of them so I decided to re-read one which I knew would cheer me up. Enough To Make A Cat Laugh by Deric Longden is a humourous and true-life look at the ordinary and sometimesย extra-ordinary goings-on in the life of the author, his almost-blind wife, and a houseful of cats; it’s actually the fifth book in a series of seven but can easily be read without reading the preceding four first.
I bought the book back in 2009 from a stall at a car boot sale; it was the picture on the front cover which initially attracted me and when I read the synopsis on the back cover I just knew it was the sort of book I would enjoy. The author has a genius for taking the most ordinary and mundane events and transforming them into laugh-out-loud accounts of various aspects of his life, in fact I’d challenge anyone to read without laughing his account of feeding the neighbour’s cat. I first read that part while in the waiting room at the hospital’s eye clinic not long after I bought the book, and I found it so funny that I had to disappear into the nearby loo so I could laugh without everyone else thinking there was something seriously wrong with me.
This is now the third time I’ve re-read the book and I still find it funny – just the thing to cheer me up and relieve the boredom of being unwell and off work. I remember I only paid 50p for it when I got it, the best 50p I’ve ever spent, and I enjoyed it so much the first time that I went on to buy (mostly new) the other six books which I’m now re-reading in chronological order. So if anyone wants a bit of light reading with plenty of giggles along the way then get a copy of this, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

12 thoughts on “Enough To Make A Cat Laugh

  1. There’s nothing better than a book that makes you laugh out loud. There’s a book which I’ve heard about but not read which you’d probably enjoy called A Street Cat Named Bob. It was turned into a film which I watched and thoroughly enjoyed. I hope you are well over the Aussie ‘flu by now and back at work, it sounds really awful.


    1. I’m fine now thanks Eileen – not 100% but certainly well enough to be back at work.

      I’ve actually got A Street Cat Named Bob, three copies in fact. I bought the first one myself not long after it came out, then my daughter-in-law got it for me one Christmas, then the Christmas before last Michael got me the dvd which just happened to come with the book.

      Deric Longden’s books make great reading, and though the first two deal with very serious subjects – the long illness and eventual death of his first wife, and the strokes suffered by his elderly mother – they are still injected with lots of humour. The second book, which I’m now re-reading, is a pre-owned copy which I got from ebay and I was delighted to find that it’s actually been signed by the author ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Thanks Becky – not fully recovered but near enough ๐Ÿ™‚

    There are lots of copies of this book currently on ebay and Amazon if you’re interested, and also a Kindle edition on Amazon. I actually have the Kindle app but much prefer reading a proper book, and this one doesn’t disappoint ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. It certainly is – I wouldn’t have read it more than once if it wasn’t good ๐Ÿ™‚ I lent it to my friend a while ago, she normally reads thrillers and murder mysteries but even she admitted she enjoyed reading this one.


  4. Fairly sure Iโ€™ve read at least one of that series at some point. They sound familiar. There is something very comforting about going back to an old favourite when youโ€™re not feeling 100%. Glad you are mostly recovered now.


  5. Thanks Anabel, I’m getting there ๐Ÿ™‚

    If I remember from reading your blog I think you have/had something to do with a library at some point? in which case you may very well have read one or more of these books. I like going back to an old favourite every now and again, especially if it’s been quite a while since I last read it ๐Ÿ™‚


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