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Distillery Cats by Brad Thomas Parsons, £10.99, published by Ten Speed Press 

And finally… we couldn’t help but be charmed by this little book with a big heart on famous distillery cats of past and present, which profiles the courageous plights of the world’s most spirited mousers.

Dotted with illustrations, the book explores the historical role of distillery cats and their evolution to brand ambassadors. James Beard Award-winning author (and noted cat enthusiast) Brad Thomas Parsons profiles 30 of the world’s most adorable distillery cat via interviews, a hand-drawn portrait of each cat, and a trading card-style stat sheets with figures like which years the moggies were active and how many mice they killed.

Among the stars are Sugar Maple from Neslon’s Green Brier Distillery in Nashville and Cooper from Albany Distilling Company in New York. And if that wasn’t entertaining enough, the book also includes 15 cocktail recipes, such as the Ironweed Boulevardier, and quotes from famous cat lovers.

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