A young couple, he Scots, she English, living in London have had a pride of cats...""a procession of cats whose sixty-three lives have overspilled into ours with persistent regularity, bringing Joy, frustration, despair in exchange for a scrap of comfort, a bite to eat."" Hartley Ramsey writes without sentimentality and with a sense of other, human values as he sets down the character of the Ramsey cats and the course of their lives. Across the pages patter Maxie, ""the least biddable of cats"" who learned to fetch and carry, Dinah, Lizzie; Titus the titan and most loved; and now Arnold, ""the middle aged kitten who never grew up,"" and Ko-Ko and Poo-Bah, the inseparable twins. They weave between glimpses of the Ramseys' other life--Hartley seeing his baby daughter for the first time, his father for the last. Joan's paintings and sketches are a graceful additive. Nice.