Cat Flap

Cat Flap
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Alan S. Cowell
26 August 2021
Agora Books

Hilarious and unforgettable, Cat Flap is a charming satire by The New York Times journalist Alan Cowell that takes readers on an odyssey of modern love in modern life.

When she awoke as a cat, Dolores Tremayne saw no immediate advantage in having four paws instead of two arms and two legs.

While business executive Dolores Tremayne flies to Germany for a conference, some part of her wakes up in her London home, inside her house cat, X.

Through the eyes of the mischievous X, Dolores witnesses all sorts of goings-on in her household that she’s not been aware of. What is the upstairs neighbour doing here? Who is her daughter talking to on the internet?

And with her reprobate husband ‘conveniently’ leaving the cat flap open for their indoor cat, Dolores isn’t even sure if X and she will be around to help. The more Dolores sees with X, the more desperate she becomes to take action, until finally she must find a way to intervene before she loses everything.


Cat Flap is a funny, smart, and utterly unique reading experience.’ – Maryanne Vollers, author of Ghosts of Mississippi

‘Cat Flap is far more than a shrewdly observed satire . . . At its heart is a passionate indictment of a shallow world – a novel that reflects our troubled times, but nevertheless makes us chuckle with appreciation as Alan Cowell picks off his targets.’ – Michael Holman, former Africa Editor for The Financial Times and author of Last Orders at Harrods

‘An Alice in Wonderland tale for adults which purrs with good writing and imaginative storytelling as it makes its way with feline stealth through contemporary issues of marriage-ending infidelity, online grooming and  Covid-19. Test-and-trace surveillance with the smile of a Cheshire cat.’ – John Borrell, author of The White Lake and former foreign correspondent for Time Magazine

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