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Shop Cats of China

Marcel Heijnen, Catharine Nicol, Ian Row


A charming collection of cats photographed in a range of quirky and atmospheric shops across China

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China’s shop cats are little emperors of their own retail kingdoms, keeping rodents at bay and enticing customers inside. And now they are also the stars of this delightful little book, the companion to Shop Cats of Hong Kong.

Marcel Heijnen’s compelling photographs take you from shop to shop across the provinces of China, where traditional retail and street life merge, rolling back the shutters on a little bit of Chinese culture and a whole lot of moggy charm. Meanwhile, Ian Row’s intuitive haiku and stories invite you into the cats’ innermost thoughts – sometimes catty, sometimes sweet, but always with a whisker or two of love.

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'Capturing the playful charms of these shop-bound kitties, the book is a charming and warm tribute to retail life in China'
Creative Review

'A charming and warm tribute to retail life in China'
Creative Review

'A unique glimpse into Asian culture ... charming'
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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 21.8 x 17.0 cm

Extent: 160 pp

Illustrations: 90

Publication date: 16 September 2021

ISBN: 9780500296110

About the Author

Marcel Heijnen is a Dutch photographer and designer who has lived in Asia for over twenty years. He lives in Hong Kong.