Author(s): Amy Feldman
From Sir Winston Churchill to Ellen Terry; Beatrix Potter to Vita Sackville-West: many of the National Trust's former residents were cat-lovers. Cats of the National Trust explores these feline fanatics and the animals (or animal objects) with which they filled their homes. We'll meet Sir Winston Churchill, who requested that a marmalade cat with a white bib and four white socks should always be in (comfortable) residence at Chartwell, Kent. Thomas Hardy's "Snowdove" is buried at Max Gate, Dorset; Hardy wrote "Last Words to a Dumb Friend" in eulogy. Discover Victorian actress Ellen Terry, who transported "Boo-boo" between her homes in London and Smallhythe, Kent, and Betty Hussey, who crammed Scotney Castle full of feline objects; her last cat, a tortoiseshell named Puss, still roams the halls today. Together with modern-day examples, Cats of the National Trust is an amusing and heart-warming guide to National Trust pets--and the people who revered them.