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Babylon with Bananas

Michael Newton: Tarzan's best friend, 29 January 2009

Me CheetaThe Autobiography 
by Cheeta.
Fourth Estate, 320 pp., £16.99, October 2008, 978 0 00 727863 3
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... To make things clear, yes, Me Cheeta: The Autobiography is a celebrity memoir, to shelve alongside such classics as Mickey Rooney’s Life Is Too Short and Katharine Hepburn’s modestly entitled Me. The putative author is indeed Cheeta, the superannuated chimpanzee star of just short of a dozen Tarzan movies and the sidekick of American beefcake Johnny Weissmuller ...

Oh those Lotharios

Alison Light: Jean Lucey Pratt, 17 March 2016

A Notable Woman: The Romantic Journals of Jean Lucey Pratt 
edited by Simon Garfield.
Canongate, 736 pp., £12.99, April 2016, 978 1 78211 572 4
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... readers. There was too much on cats, he says. There is plenty left. Jean got her first kitten (Cheeta) after her father’s death, kept eight cats at one point, well aware of the spinsterly cliché and that at least one friend found they ‘gave her the pip’. Cats were her longest lasting relationships and by her own account, her greatest loves. She ...

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