Quake Cats: Heart-warming stories of Christchurch cats
by Craig Bullock (Random House, $39.99)
Reviewed by Kelly Bold
As a crazy-cat-lady in the making, Quake Cats immediately went onto my “must have” list when I heard of its pending publication. And my anticipation of this companion to last year’s best-selling Quake Dogs was well founded: it’s another beautiful, emotional and uplifting read.
The book is laid out with the same winning formula as its predecessor but this time photographer Craig Bullock has done it alone, writing the stories accompanying his truly stunning photography himself. I loved the juxtaposition of the relatively succinct stories with the generosity of the photos: each tale has at least three images with it and every puss portrait is striking in its clarity and ability to really show us the unique, often plucky and courageous, and sadly all too frequently traumatised kitties Craig shares with us. For like the battered and weary human residents of earthquake ravaged Canterbury, their feline friends have suffered, too.