Feisty, fun and furry, I imagine Eliot would be pleased with this depiction of his train-loving cat. Here’s a cat who takes pride in his railway know how, and loves to strut his stuff. He’ll settle those noisy dogs, get those dastardly rats and tuck up old ladies into the bargain. Always with that personal touch, he is a cat of many services.
Eliot is of course a master. In his words, you can feel the clatter of the iron wheels beating through the pulse of the poetry as the rhythm seems runs along the lines of the track.
Robbins creates a cosy, magical world on the Night Mail train with a vast array of lively characters. And though resonant with the era of steam trains and luxurious berths, there are skilful modern touches like the Sikh stationmaster and the Policewoman with a mobile. His characters are delightful, and his energetic line gives speed and vivacity to each page.
A joy from start to the end of the line! Perfect for reading aloud, singing or performing.