Penguin Press signs Defence of Cats

Penguin Press has signed the second book by professor John Bradshaw, author of In Defence of Dogs, with felines the topic this time.

Will Goodlad acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, to the book, provisionally titled In Support of Cats, through Patrick Walsh of Conville & Walsh. The book was bought for a "healthy five-figure sum" and will be published in 2013.

Bradshaw founded the scientific discipline of anthrozoology, and In Support of Cats will be a scientific guide to felines, with a look at the history of cats' domestication, as well as new scientific insight on the best nutrition and treatment of cats, dispelling myths around the animal and its relationship with humans.

Goodlad said: "The evolutionary history of cats is fascinating, and our knowledge of cats is surprisingly limited too . . . We're very excited and we're very confident Jonathan will do a great job as he has with In Defence of Dogs."

Walsh said the book has been sold to Lara Heimert at Basic Books for a "big six-figure dollar advance". He has also recently concluded deals for In Defence of Dogs with publishers in the Netherlands, Italy, Brazil, Japan and Korea.