Sign In Join Now
User Accessibility
  • Increase Font

  • Invert Colours

Search for a Book Browse Books Menu
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats Cover Play Sample

Sample may contain unsuitable content.

Stream / Download Request CD

Audiobook streaming provided by:

OverDrive Logo

Share this book:

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

AuthorT. S. Eliot

NarratorMiranda Richardson


CategoriesAdult Fiction, Poetry

PublisherFaber & Faber


  Save to Wish List
  Add to Favourites List

The naming of Cats is a difficult matter, It isn't just one of your holiday games; You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES. First of all, there's the name that the family use daily, Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James, Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey - All of them sensible everyday names. So begins one of the best-known poetry collections of all time. The practical cats need no introduction, but this stunning new reading brings the poems vibrantly alive to introduce a new generation of children to Eliot's work.

0 (0 Reviews)

Related Titles

The Waste Land & the Four Quartets Cover

The Waste Land & the Four Quartets

Author: T. S. Eliot

The Waste Land & the Four Quartets

Author T. S. Eliot

Narrator Paul Scofield

Duration 1h 35m

These are masterly readings, by renowned thespian Paul Schofield, of two substantial works of poetry by T.S. Eliot. The Wasteland, first published in 1922, is one of Eliot's most influential works and has long been on the syllabus for A-Level English Literature. The Four Quartets consists of four long poems, first published between 1935 and 1942....

View Book
Chasers of the Light Cover

Chasers of the Light

Author: Tyler Knott Gregson

Chasers of the Light

Author Tyler Knott Gregson


Duration 56m

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Chasers Of The Light, written and read by Tyler Knott Gregson. I would love to say that you make me weak at the knees, but to be quite upfront and completely truthful, you make my body forget it has knees at all. One day, while browsing an antique store in Helena, Montana, photogra...

View Book
Old Toffer's Book of Consequential Dogs Cover

Old Toffer's Book of Consequential Dogs

Author: Christopher Reid

Old Toffer's Book of Consequential Dogs

Author Christopher Reid

Narrator Robert Bathurst

Duration 51m

T. S. Eliot's best-selling collection of practical cat poems has been one of the most successful poetry collections in the world. For the first time in company history a companion volume will be published. Originally conceived by Eliot himself, Old Toffer's Book of Consequential Dog poems are a witty, varied and exquisitely compiled as Eliot's cats...

View Book
Rough Music Cover

Rough Music

Author: Fiona Sampson

Rough Music

Author Fiona Sampson

Narrator Fiona Sampson

Duration 1h 9m

Rough Music is the old English name for a custom of public scapegoating. This collection, read here by the author, is full of disturbing musical echoes, in which brilliant renewals of carol, charm, folksong and ballad explore themes of violence, loss and belonging. Fiona Sampson's characteristic lyric intensity deftly fuses metaphysics and politics...

View Book
Introducing George the Poet Cover

Introducing George the Poet

Author: George Mpanga

Introducing George the Poet

Author George Mpanga

Narrator George Mpanga

Duration 1h 8m

Search Party is a thought-provoking and deeply autobiographical collection. From the overtly political 'Go Home' to the deeply personal 'Full-time'; the narrative poems that offer vivid and unapologetic snapshots of inner-city life, such as 'His Mistakes', 'Believer' and the anthemic 'My City'; to the provocative social commentary in 'Lazy Dog' and...

View Book
Poetry of the British Isles Cover

Poetry of the British Isles

Author: Various

Poetry of the British Isles

Author Various

Narrator Various

Duration 1h 2m

A delightful collection from around the British Isles including Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold, Leisure by W. H Davis and To Autumn by John Keats. Featuring classic recordings by Richard Burton, Sir John Gielgud and Sir Ralph Richardson.

View Book
Milton, A Poem Cover

Milton, A Poem

Author: William Blake

Milton, A Poem

Author William Blake

Narrator Ernst Schnell

Duration 2h 25m

Milton is an epic poem by William Blake, written and illustrated between 1804 and 1810. Its hero is John Milton, who returns from Heaven and unites with Blake to explore the relationship between living writers and their predecessors, and to undergo a mystical journey to correct his own spiritual errors.

View Book
Book of Longing Cover

Book of Longing

Author: Leonard Cohen

Book of Longing

Author Leonard Cohen

Narrator Leonard Cohen

Duration 3h 12m

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Book of Longing written and read by Leonard Cohen. Book of Longing is Leonard Cohen's first book of new poetry since Book of Mercy was published two decades ago. It collects Cohen's poetry written between the 1980s and 2006, when this book was first published. Book of Longing demonstrates the range and dept...

View Book
September 1, 1939 Cover

September 1, 1939

Author: Ian Sansom

September 1, 1939

Author Ian Sansom

Narrator Ian Sansom

Duration 9h 44m

This a book about a poet, about a poem, about a city, and about a world at a point of change. More than a work of literary criticism or literary biography, it is a record of why and how we create and respond to great poetry.This a book about a poet - W. H. Auden, a wunderkind, a victim-beneficiary of a literary cult of personality who became a scap...

View Book
Beowulf Cover


Author: By Benedict Flynn Translated


Author By Benedict Flynn Translated

Narrator Crawford Logan

Duration 2h 24m

The oldest long poem in Old English, written about 1000 A.D., Beowulf tells the story of a great warrior in Southern Scandinavia in both youth and maturity. The monster Grendel terrorises the Scyldings of Hrothgar's Danish Kingdom until Beowulf defeats him. As a result he has to face her enraged mother. Beowulf dies after a battle against a fierce...

View Book