A Must-Read for Cat Lovers: Check out an Extract of The Divine Feline by Belinda Alexandra

A Must-Read for Cat Lovers: Check out an Extract of The Divine Feline by Belinda Alexandra

Introduction

Throughout history women have had a special relationship with cats: from the ancient Egyptian priestesses in the temples of the goddess Isis, to witches of the Middle Ages and career women of today. This makes sense, as women and cats share many traits: beauty and elegance; sensitivity; affectionate natures; a knack for nurturing; and a love of the luxurious. Cats also embody the feminine dark side, with a tendency to neuroses and fear of change. Then there are those qualities that cats possess that women long to emulate. A cat will fight fiercely to protect itself; never says ‘yes’ when it means ‘no’; and isn’t afraid to claim the best seat in the house for itself. Cats are loyal to those who love them, but couldn’t give a toss what people think of them. They don’t suffer self-esteem issues or worry if they are overweight. In addition, they exude an air of mystery in that slinky walk… oh, to be a cat!

Yet society has often driven a wedge between women and their cats, both physically and emotionally. In history, they were persecuted together during the witch-hunts, and even in modern times the lore of the ‘crazy cat lady’ persists. The ‘cat lady’ is thought of as a hermit and a hoarder. Shunned by society, she dies alone. Her body isn’t discovered for weeks and when it is, she has been half-consumed by her ravenous cats. The story is a subtle warning to women who want to remain single, independent and childless: better get a husband and family or this could be you! (It’s interesting that there is no equivalent of the ‘crazy cat lady’ for men.)

In this book you will find none of that. It is an unashamed celebration of the spiritual bond of feline and feminine that has been handed down to us from ancient times. I will describe the history of the relationship of women and cats through the ages and share the journey of my own life with cats, relating how they have influenced my writing.

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                        Publisher details

                        The Divine Feline
                        Author
                        Belinda Alexandra
                        Publisher
                        Murdoch Books
                        Genre
                        Non Fiction
                        Released
                        03 November, 2020

                        Synopsis

                        A charming and beautifully-written gift book about cats and the women who love them, from internationally bestselling novelist Belinda Alexandra. Cats and women share many traits: beauty, elegance, sensitivity, affectionate natures, a knack for nurturing and a love of the luxurious. Cats also embody the feminine dark side, with a tendency towards neurosis and fear of change. Then there are the qualities that cats possess which women long to emulate: fighting fiercely to protect themselves, never saying yes when they mean no, and being unafraid to claim the best seat in the house. Cats are loyal to those who love them but couldn't give a toss about what others think. They don't suffer self-esteem issues or worry if they're overweight. And then there is that enviable air of mystery, that slinky walk . . . oh to be a cat! They're the ultimate totem of female strength. Belinda Alexandra, writer and ardent cat lover, makes no apology for celebrating the special bond between women and their cats. In The Divine Feline, she shares her own experiences with cats, describes the relationship between women and cats throughout history and solves behavioural and philosophical issues in a whimsical and practical way. Viva la cat lady!

                        Belinda Alexandra
                        About the author

                        Belinda Alexandra

                        Belinda Alexandra has been published to wide acclaim in Australia and New Zealand, France, Germany, Holland, Poland, Norway and Greece. She is the daughter of a Russian mother and Australian father, and has been an intrepid traveller since her youth. Her love of other cultures and languages is matched by her passion for her home country, Australia, where she is a volunteer rescuer and carer for the NSW Wildlife Information and Rescue Service (WIRES).

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