Thursday, 5 April 2012


Veloce imprint Hubble & Hattie is publishing Miaow! Cats really are nicer than people! by Sir Patrick Moore this month.

In this video, recorded only a week ago, we see a completely different side to Sir Patrick Moore. Miaow! reveals a personal and far less serious side to the famous astronomer. Not only is this a rare interview with the great man, but we also take a look around his fascinating house in Selsey, West Sussex. Check out Patrick's cat impression!

"Given a choice between the average person and the average cat, I would go for the cat any time, and my book will explain why ..."
Sir Patrick Moore CBE FRS

This little book is about cats; cats of all shapes, sizes and colours, and specifically those who have shared their lives with the great and well-respected astronomer Sir Patrick Moore CBE FRS, over a lifetime of nearly 90 years.
This is Patrick's very personal account of the cats who have been part of his family, beginning with Smudgie, who died at the grand old age of twenty, through to Jeannie and Ptolemy, his two most recent beloved felines.
Taken from the mantelpieces and walls of his home for use in the book, personal photographs of Sir Patrick -- in his younger days and more recently -- his late adored mother, Gertrude (also a cat-lover), and the many cats that have filled Patrick's life with love and companionship complement the intimate and enchanting text, written in the author's inimitable style.
Believing that cats are highly intelligent (and certainly more so than dogs!), Sir Patrick has devised his very own 'cat quiz.' Jeannie and Ptolemy passed this with flying colours, and it is included in his book so that others may test their own cat's intelligence!
The pages of this unique book reveal the delightful and charming side of a man who has attained international status as a writer, researcher, radio commentator and television presenter, and who is credited with having done more than any other to raise the profile of astronomy.

"Jeannie and Ptolemy are under the impression that they have me precisely where they want me. They have!"

The UK's longest-serving media darling, host of The Sky at Night, which was launched in 1957 and has recently aired its 700th episode, Patrick Moore is an astronomer, former spy, and, best of all, a cat-lover. A heart condition meant that Patrick was tutored at home, so had little contact with children of his own age. However, loneliness was not a problem for him: "My boyhood was unusual. I can't recall a single friend until I was 15. But I always had my cats."
And he still does. Although, sadly, Jeannie died recently, Ptolemy still lives with Patrick in a house with a notice on the door that proclaims: 'The house is maintained entirely for the convenience of our cat.'