Words by the Water

Kathryn Hughes: Catland

Sun 9 June | 10am

Some called it a craze, to others it was a cult. In her new book Catland: Feline Enchantment and the Making of the Modern World, award-winning historian Kathryn Hughes talks about how Edwardian Britain fell in love with cats and the role illustrator Louis Wain played in changing them from reviled pest controllers to adored family members. Catland, part-biography, part-social history is a fascinating and fabulous unravelling of our obsession with cats.

Book: Catland: Feline Enchantment and the Making of the Modern World (Harper Collins)