A Street Cat Named Bob

A Street Cat Named Bob : How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets

By (author) James Bowen


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When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas. Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other's troubled pasts. A Street Cat Named Bob is a moving and uplifting story that will touch the heart of anyone who reads it.

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 22mm | 220g
  • 13 Sep 2012
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Hodder Paperback
  • London
  • English
  • 1444737112
  • 9781444737110
  • 481

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Author Information

James Bowen is a street musician in London. He found Bob the cat in 2007 and the pair have been inseparable ever since.

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[Bob] has entranced London like no feline since the days of Dick Whittington. Evening Standard heartwarming tale Islington Tribune It was only a matter of time before a rubber stamp was used to autograph a book - but in Bob's case, we'll let him off. For Bob is the famous ginger moggy belonging to one-homeless busking Big Issue seller James Bowen, whose A STREET CAT NAMED BOB hit bookshop shelves last week. Fans, some bearing feline treats, queued around the block at James and Bob's first signing at the Islington branch of Waterstones last week. The purrfectly behaved Bob signed an impressive 180 books in just two hours. You gotta be kitten me. Bookseller a heartwarming tale with a message of hope Daily Mail an instantly bestselling memoir that, beside its heart-warming tale of their friendship, offers an insight into the injustice of life on the streets that's by turns frustrating and life-affirming. The Times This is a revealing glimpse of London's underbelly and the resourcefulness needed to survive it. But mostly it's a love story that will make your heart purr Daily Mail I recently read a book that reminded me how amazing having a cat can be. A Street Cat Named Bob is the story of a homeless guy and his cat, Bob... It's a true story and ideal for anyone like me who's a bit mad when it comes to felines Glamour The story of how Bob, the ginger cat, and James, the Covent Garden busker, transformed each other's lives has become a phenomenon: a feline urban fable. Throughout James' tale - their shared need for emotional and physical warmth; the hairy highs and lows on the streets; the growing global love for this one man and his super-loyal cat - his deep, grateful fondness for Bob shines out. Sainsbury's Magazine

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Customer reviews

Not as good as thought would be - disappointing

I must be missing something because I bought this book based on the good reviews yet there isn't much of a story. Hugely disappointing as I love a feel-good novel, and I love cats - but couldn't help thinking the hype was better that the book!show more
by Debbie Winters

A Street Cat Named Bob

This is a truly inspirational true story of an unlikely friendship. James Bowen's life had not turned out the way any boy would have dreamed and he had really become a nobody. When Bob came along James found compassion in himself to help him and his life though still tough started to turn around. Bob and James found an identity and strength in each other to not only keep going but to also move forward with James getting himself totally off drugs and feeling clean again. It is so sad that homeless people become nobody and loose eye contact with those around them and sad that the people around them don't want to see them. James is a person with a loving heart, it just took a friendship with a cat for him to become somebody again. Cats are very picky in who they trust, animals can sense who we really are and Bob chose well, for a cat to escort James through London that trust is enormous. Reading about a life of a homeless person makes one think when they see a person living on the streets how it came that they are there and who they really are. Congratulations James for being brave enough to share your story you are a champion and your book is very heart warming and inspirational Kristy Priceshow more
by Kristy Price

Lovely, absolutely lovely!

This will be one of my most favourite books on cats. Bob is such an endearing creature. As cats tend to pick their "owners", he decides to stay with James. Their adventures together on London's streets, their attachment to each other and the love that shines out of this book, simply irresisteble! I read the book in two "sessions" and, having had to put it down once, could not wait to get back and finish it. Anybody who loves and understands cats, will adore this book. I also admire James for kicking his addiction, very brave! The very best of luck for both of them and their future together. Perhaps James would, in time, write another book?show more
by Annemarie Karpf