Southwark Cathedral’s resident cat lands first book deal

News Desk (17 August, 2017)

Southwark Cathedral’s resident cat has landed her first book deal. A picture book chronicling the real-life exploits of Southwark Cathedral’s Doorkins is to be published Sunday. The popular cat has been a regular face around the cathedral for almost a decade after turning up on its doorstep. One December morning in 2008, the feral cat ...

18548Southwark Cathedral's resident cat Doorkins (left) and a page from the book

Southwark Cathedral’s resident cat has landed her first book deal.

A picture book chronicling the real-life exploits of Southwark Cathedral’s Doorkins is to be published Sunday.

The popular cat has been a regular face around the cathedral for almost a decade after turning up on its doorstep.

One December morning in 2008, the feral cat was found sitting on the doorstep of the cathedral, waiting for one of the vergers to let her in to escape the cold.

A page from the book

At first she was an occasional visitor, alternating between the comfort of the cathedral and the leftover scraps from Borough Market.

But it didn’t take long for the feline to make the cathedral her permanent home and she could be found waiting by the door each and every morning – hence her name, Doorkins.

Doorkins the Cathedral Cat is written by Lisa Gutwein, who is married to one of the vergers at the cathedral, and illustrated by Rowan Ambrose, a dentist who is also part of the congregation.

Following the real-life exploits of Southwark Cathedral’s self-proclaimed ‘Magnificat’, the book gives a complete tour of the cathedral and should be a hit with cat lovers.

It will be on sale on Amazon for £10.99 from August 21.

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