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A Street Cat Named Bob: How one man and his cat found hope on the streets [Kindle Edition]

James Bowen
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,266 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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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[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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The moving, uplifiting true story of an unlikely friendship between a man on the streets and the ginger cat who adopts him and helps him heal his life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 676 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444737090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444737097
  • ASIN: B007704HO6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,266 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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661 of 677 people found the following review helpful
In its own way this is Orwell for the 21st century. Yes, the cat is cute, yes the story is a simple one. But it's genuinely revealing about the kind of life led by people who live at the bottom of society's net - if not underneath it. It's plainly but surprisingly well written, and very readable; and if you live in London some of the details of how such things as busking and Big Issue selling work are riveting. Most of all though, it's a window on motivation - on how and why people who've apparently given up on themselves might finally be spurred to get their life together. Everyone who works in the benefits and charity industry ought to read this book because the answer probably isn't the one they get given in their seminars. Oddly enough it's an answer human beings have been giving each other since time began - it's love, giving as much as getting, that can make the difference, even if the love object in question has fur. Being responsible for another creature's health and happiness can give even the most hopeless drug addict a reason to change. And services which help those who are down and out need to recognise that truth and make their facilities pet friendly wherever possible. Too often homeless people can't access housing, medical care, and the rest simply because their dog or cat is banned - treated as an optional extra rather than a member of their family and a possible motivation to a better life.
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298 of 308 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Star is Born 18 Mar. 2012
This is a great story and very moving. James, a street musician, rescued Bob a sick, street-battered cat, when he found him sheltering in his block of flats five years ago. This is the tale of two people, a man and a cat, who found each other and gave each other hope and a future.

James writes honestly about the life he led when he was a recovering heroin addict, about the battles he's had to fight, about the loneliness of life on the streets and about how meeting Bob helped him turn his life around. I have nothing but admiration for him - it takes guts to beat an addiction. It takes a special sort of bravery and determination to pull yourself back up when you are alone and down. When one dreary follows another, when it's hard to see any future.

James wasn't looking for any reward when he took Bob in, he couldn't possibly have known what the future would bring. Now, because of his own act of kindness, James has hope and a new life. It's a lovely heartwarming book, full of humour as well as courage and determination. I really hope it will help a lot of people be more understanding.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pair of Beautiful Diamonds in a very rough patch. 10 April 2012
I am a huge cat lover and when my mum told me of this book I was instantly drawn to it, the very idea of a cat companion finding and saving you is intriguing and really tugs at the old heart strings. I haven't even finished the book yet but I can't put it down and I absolutely adore it. This true story of James and Bob really touches my heart; I really sympathise for the pair of them and admire their strength and commitment to each other. It really fascinates me and being brought up around cats myself and having my own feline companion for over a decade, I whole heartedly agree that a cat friend is just as fulfilling and life changing as they really are wonderful gorgeous creatures.

James' story is rather a sad one; we've all experienced loneliness at some point in our lives but maybe not quite to the same degree as him. From reading his book you come to understand exactly why he ended up in the dregs of London's streets and you get a real insight and an inkling of understanding as to how hard it must really be to be a true outsider struggling in society.

His story has really opened my eyes and made me very thankful that I haven't been so hard up and really appreciate and sympathise with the hardship they must have put up with having both lived a tough survival life out and the rough streets of London. It has made me rethink about all those hard up people begging or busking for coins that I've in the past brushed past, keen to avoid. Next time I'll stop by the `Big Issue lady' and buy a copy or two.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Entertaining 27 Mar. 2012
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I haved not enjoyed a book as much as this for a long, long time.
It is primarily a happy book, so refreshing in these days of ever depressing doom and gloom.
Simply obtain, sit down, and read.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming read 8 May 2012
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This is a lovely, heart-warming story. Yes, the style of writing is simple and does at times read a little bit like a transcript of an interview. Yet I feel this makes it all the more readable and easily accessible to a wide variety of people and this writing style helps create the impression that James is in the room with you talking you through the story, allowing his warm personality to shine throughout the book. It's amazing that such a simple story can inspire such emotional depth and I did well up a little in places! It's also heart-warming to read that this book has given so much inspiration and pleasure to so many people. The message of hope is certainly one that stays with you long after reading the book and I will certainly be buying the Big Issue from now on. This is no doubt a book for all the cat lovers out there who are looking for an uplifting, moving and inspiring read. This is one of the best `cat books' I have read this year which, alongside other personal favourites Serendipity's Secret: A novel way to achieve your dreams and find the path to happinessand Homer's Odyssey beautifully combines a feline tale with lessons about life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!
A fantastic book from start to finish. I would recommend this book to any cat lover and indeed to anybody who values life and treasures what they have. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by rhian gough-hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
couldnt put this book down! enjoyed it from beginning to end, truly heartwarming and inspirational!
Published 2 days ago by wes snipes
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great read
Published 3 days ago by MR PETER J CURRY
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book - easy read and a good insight ...
Loved the book - easy read and a good insight for anyone who has been to the UK and seen James.
Published 4 days ago by Mr Dan H N
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab
Enjoyed the book from the start brought me to tears a few times how other people live there lives on the streets and how Bob has changed the mans life round good luck to u both... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Penny
5.0 out of 5 stars I really loved this book by James Bowen
I really loved this book by James Bowen, I learnt so much about the Big Issue,
So now I always buy a copy.
Thank you James.
I hope Bob is doing well! Read more
Published 8 days ago by chrisanderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 11 days ago by JAH
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read James Bowen is an excellent author
Really good read James Bowen is an excellent author. The book was in VERY good condition looked like new
Published 12 days ago by Mrs. Kathleen M. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars ... paid 1p for this book & the quality was fantastic, not a mark on...
I only paid 1p for this book & the quality was fantastic, not a mark on it, just like a new book
Published 14 days ago by Mrs Brenda Hutchins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
lovely story, very inspirational, everyone should read this
Published 15 days ago by Sarah
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