Watchers by the Pool: The Cats of Mas des Chats - Margaret ReinholdSouvenir Press, 1993, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. A nice copy.
Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white. From the cover: “The old stone farmhouse was surrounded by fields, vineyards and olive groves, protected from the wind by rows of cypress trees. Its cool green garden was a riot of roses, wisteria and jasmine, and in the far distance lay a line of blue hills. In the warm sunshine and the brilliant light that is peculiar to Provence, it seemed like Paradise on earth. Not long after moving there from Hampshire with her two English cats, Margaret Reinhold began to discover the sadder side of her idyllic new life. The local peasant farmers, struggling to make a hard-won livelihood from the dry soil, beset by sudden, destructive rainstorms, summer outbreaks of fire and the harsh breath of the mistral, had little room for sentiment where their animals were concerned. Day after day Mas des Chats was besieged by pathetic, starving cats and even dogs, lost, abandoned and often ill, all hoping desperately for food. Nervous and half-wild, they wolfed the food put out for them and left — except for a few, braver and more determined, who came into the house and gradually made themselves part of the family. The community of two cats became ten, plus Caramel the dog. This warm, beautiful book is the story of those ten, highly individual cats: bossy, snobbish Rosie, the unique and glorious Bruno, sweet Maman with her daughter Baby, black, golden-eyed Nero, courageous Helene with her elegant son Oedipus, Monsieur le Gris, a timid barrel of a cat, Lily the loner and shy, adventurous little Katy. Together they brought a new intensity to Mas das Chats as they shared the author’s life and wormed their way irrevocably into her heart.”