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I and Claudius – Travels with My Cat

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I and Claudius: Travels with My Cat, Clare de Vries, book reviewBereavement is a great catalyst for change. It makes us stop and reconsider what we want from life and in the case of a sudden loss, that sense of ‘do it now’ urgency is enhanced. Clare de Vries lost her mother very suddenly to pancreatic cancer, looked at her job and her life in London and wanted out of both. The problem is that sometimes when you want a change, you need someone to keep you company and your friends and relatives don’t want the same things you want or aren’t available when you need them. How could she find the perfect travel companion? Enter Claudius – the perfect loyal friend to take on a road trip across the USA. ‘I and Claudius‘ is the story of their road trip – and it’s fantastic.

De Vries describes what she was aiming for as a Thelma and Louise experience – without the rape and the killings of course.


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Of Cats and Kings

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Of Cats and Kings - Clare de Vries, book reviewMy friend Tina always claimed that the only relationship in her life which hadn’t been dysfunctional was with a Jack Russell Terrier. Exasperated by men both specifically and generally, she went searching for loving company in the shape of a large grey rescue Siamese by the name of Claude. They made the perfect couple. He was clean, polite and affectionate and didn’t shed too much fluff around the house. All he asked in return was food and cuddles.

With a friend like Tina, when I heard that writer Clare de Vries had taken her Burmese cat Claudius travelling with her for a year, it all made complete sense to me. And when Claudius died, Clare decided to hit the road again and go in search of perfect feline love. Since she would only consider a Burmese or a Siamese, she decided to go – not so surprisingly – to Burma and Thailand.


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