Saki’s Cats




Publication date: 27 April 2022

ISBN: 9781913724177




Saki’s Cats rounds up the tales about cats, big and small, by the undisputed master of the short story.

‘Tobermory’, one of Saki’s most famous pieces, demonstrates the danger that would ensue from granting cats the power of speech – animals have long lurked unseen, eavesdropping, in the background. The tom in ‘The Philanthropist and the Happy Cat’ is the only one to enjoy his meal. In ‘The Penance’ and ‘Mrs Packletide’s Tiger’, hunters who put cats in their sights are humiliated and blackmailed. ‘The Achievement of the Cat’ considers how cats have come to be served by the human race.

The feisty felines of these tales are the only clear winners, and, with a characteristic smirk and dash of his pen, it is Edwardian Society that Saki sends slinking off, tail between its legs.


Hector Hugh Munro (1870–1916), known by his nom de plume, Saki, is widely considered to be a master of the short-story genre.