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Cats and books have been a long-stand­ing tra­di­tion at Time Out Book­store in Mt Eden.

The an­i­mal friendly shop has had a res­i­dent cat for around 15 years.

The first, a male tonkinese called Os­car, ruled the roost for a good 10 years be­fore he died in 2010.

Man­ager Jenna Todd had just started work­ing there and couldn’t un­der­stand what the fuss was about.

‘‘I would have to tell people Os­car had died . . . they’d start cry­ing be­cause he was such a big part of the com­mu­nity.’’

Four years later Lucinda, also a tonkinese, has be­come a much-loved part of the fur­ni­ture.

Be­cause Lucinda chooses to stay at home some days she is more ‘‘part-time’’ than Os­car, who pre­ferred to live in the shop.

Hav­ing a cat around cre­ates ‘‘quite a calm­ing ef­fect’’ for cus­tomers, Todd says. ‘‘They love it. ‘‘When­ever she’s here if we put a post of her on Face­book she gets 100 likes. If we put a book of the Bai­ley prizewin­ner they get five to 10 likes.’’

Lit­er­ary Lucinda: Time Out Book­store man­ager Jenna Todd with res­i­dent cat Lucinda.

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