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A Street Cat Named Bob

A Street Cat Named Bob [Kindle Edition]

James Bowen
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,507 customer reviews)

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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: 675 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00BQKU1AC
  • Publisher: Hodder (15 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. 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 (3,507 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #500 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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593 of 606 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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272 of 279 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Star is Born 18 Mar 2012
By Queenie
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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98 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story... everyone should have a Bob... 19 Mar 2012
If the book was fiction i would think it was a bit far-fetched and the fact it's true makes it the ultimate feel-good story. I absolutely loved the tale of how they found each other and then became inseparable - such kindred spirits are rare even amongst members of the same species. It's well written, touching and funny and if you don't feel that little bit better after reading it you must be made of stone.
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103 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 16 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
In the current climate of gloom and doom it is so refreshing to see a book so uplifting. Wonderfully written with a clear passion. Perfect book to lift the strains and stresses of everyday life. You will cry, laugh and feel warm and fuzzy inside. I hope the book sells well, both of them deserve success.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars street cat named bob 17 Mar 2012
By renfrew
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Excellent book deserves to be a bestseller wishing bob and james good luck for the future.Easily five stars.A really good read.
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91 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book! 19 Mar 2012
By bbrocks
This book was amazing. I really liked reading about someone who feels the way I do about cats.Animals can change your life and be your family. A very touching story, highly recommend it!
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Street Cat Named Bob 19 Mar 2012
By HelenML
This is an easy but wonderful read,I couldn't put it down! You will experience so many emotions when reading this heart warming story,a brilliant example of how hope can emerge from the depths of dispair.Finding each other gave Bob and James a new purpose in life and hope for the future.I'm sure it will be a best seller!
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181 of 190 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely uplifting and heartwarming read 15 Mar 2012
Seeing Bob and James together on the street puts a smile on my face every time I see them and the book does the same.
Reading their story not only gave insight to their background but was very uplifting and heart warming as well.
Good luck to them both.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I had avoided this book when it first came out amongst all the hype - but when i finally read it, I have to admit that it lives up to all the hype and more. Brilliant read.
Published 1 hour ago by AmandaD
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Once I started I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to getting the sequel. Amazing story of feline and human friendship
Published 21 hours ago by Mrs. Je Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing true life story
Fabulous book about a fantastic cat and his bond with someone who really needed a friend. He found one in Bob!
Published 1 day ago by Lou Lou
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for cat lovers
A story that doesn't just tug your heart strings but leaves you with a new sense of hope. You don't have to be cat lover to enjoy this book it is about a relationship, that saves... Read more
Published 2 days ago by katrina potter
4.0 out of 5 stars easy read
A nice story always keeping you guessing if it was going to be a nice ending
Glad it turned out ok
Published 4 days ago by dougie r
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
A nice story with a sensitive plot Very descriptive and easy to relate to A must for any cat lovers
Published 4 days ago by linda plant
5.0 out of 5 stars A Street Cat Named Bob
Lovely short read, interesting and moving. A truly uplifting description of one mans determination to finally take the last steps and kick the habit to start living and loving... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Anne Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars A street cat named Bob
Fast delivery excellent service. If you love cats then you will love this story about a cat and his master!
Published 4 days ago by seaside
5.0 out of 5 stars A story of hope and love
Proof (as if needed) that love can conquer many obstacles. A very readable book - took me just 2 days. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Bimbles
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable story
I read this book after reading so many good reviews about it. This book proves the bone an animal and human can have. It is lovely how loyal James and Bob are to each other. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Louise Powles
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