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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (13 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444737112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444737110
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.9 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,017 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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640 of 655 people found the following review helpful By megamurph on 20 Mar 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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290 of 299 people found the following review helpful By Queenie on 18 Mar 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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106 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Tsui Tsang on 19 Mar 2012
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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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. C. Shelley on 27 Mar 2012
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SUPERB.

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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184 of 194 people found the following review helpful By J. Sanderson on 15 Mar 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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96 of 101 people found the following review helpful By bbrocks on 19 Mar 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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105 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. J. Burgess on 16 Mar 2012
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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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150 of 159 people found the following review helpful By Bella Stone on 16 Mar 2012
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A wonderful read and a very touching story! If James managed to combat the drugs, what are others "waiting" for?... The answer is in his book (strongly recommend it to the "Connections", "Camden Project", "Job+" etc charities)
Well, this is not Irwin Shaw, or Leo Tolstoy, or Allan Bennet, but James' warm and genuine style and you will love it!
Taking us through his own maze of doubts, joy, disbelief, laugh, love and hope, James proved there is no need to wait for their "ninth life", if people want to change their current one.
Well done to you, James and to Bob, your lovely cat!
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