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A Gift from Bob: How a Street Cat Helped One Man Learn the Meaning of Christmas
A Gift from Bob: How a Street Cat Helped One Man Learn the Meaning of Christmas
by James Bowen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A slight but pleasant tome, 31 Oct. 2014
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Once again James, Bob and Garry have cleverly given their readers a glimpse into the lives of those on the edge of society. James has told us before how Big Issue micro-business people are often chided with the jibe 'Get a job' and here we are reminded that these self employed people do not have the luxury of sick pay, paid leave or Bank Holidays. James describes how complex life can get when living on the bare minimum and how difficult choices must be made not on a daily but often an hourly basis. However, this slight but pleasant tome also reminds us of the great joy that can be derived from good companions and the simple pleasures in life.


My Name is Bob: An Illustrated Picture Book
My Name is Bob: An Illustrated Picture Book
Price: £4.99

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely picture book and educational allegory., 25 April 2014
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A beautifully illustrated picture book, great quality and a very touching story. This book is beautifully crafted, I love the variety of picture sizes and the way Gerald Kelley's style changes throughout the book. What is particularly special is the allegorical aspect of the story. This is the story of a drift into homelessness and a redemption through the love of others. How easy it was for Bob to become a lost soul through one piece of misfortune and a life changing mistake. How sad it is that Bob is shunned, ignored and overlooked by others once he is homeless. Like many homeless souls Bob no longer recognises himself and is reduced to living in a box in clear sight and yet quite invisible. For Bob's story we could read James' story or the story of any person who finds themselves without a home and vulnerable. This is a lovely story and clever with it.


When Fraser Met Billy: How The Love Of A Cat Transformed My Little Boy's Life
When Fraser Met Billy: How The Love Of A Cat Transformed My Little Boy's Life
by Louise Booth
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and heart warming, 17 Feb. 2014
Amazingly frank account of the life of an extended family, human and animal, when one member is on the autistic spectrum. Never again will you raise an eyebrow when you witness a child having a tantrum, instead you will offer a helping hand, fold that buggy up, lift that shopping into the car. As the author herself says if this books helps one parent it will be worth it. Oh and Billy, what a beautiful gifted member of this courageous family.


Heavier Than Heaven: The Biography of Kurt Cobain (Scepte 21's)
Heavier Than Heaven: The Biography of Kurt Cobain (Scepte 21's)
by Charles R. Cross
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four years of work, 10 Nov. 2013
An epic journey for Cross and the reader, a very thorough piece. An insight into the life of the boy and the man. Clearly the final chapter contains a great deal of conjecture but interesting all the same, and the reader clearly knows that Cross must be making a few guesses there. Certainly worth the read.


Where in the World is Bob?
Where in the World is Bob?
by James Bowen
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Value for money, 9 Nov. 2013
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Great book, lovely quality, interesting, educational, loads of fun. Lovely illustrations. Will keep children and adults occupied for hours. One to have in the toy box when children visit for sure. Great to keep in the car too to keep passengers occupied. Certainly great value for money. This one will run and run with the kids coming back again and again (and the adults too!)


Bob: No Ordinary Cat
Bob: No Ordinary Cat
by James Bowen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.24

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant abridgement, 20 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Bob: No Ordinary Cat (Paperback)
A very well crafted abridgement of 'A Street Cat Named Bob' by James Bowen written for 11 year olds up. Not clunky or disjointed as some abridged versions can be. Deals well with drug addiction, neither glamorises nor alarms. Language very accessible yet does not patronise, honest but heart warming. As with the original this story is not really about a cat but rather about relationships and life. Can't think of anything else quite like it on the market. As a school Librarian I know I will be able to get some students reading or reading again by introducing them to 'Bob No Ordinary Cat'.
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The Year We Disappeared: A Father - Daughter Memoir
The Year We Disappeared: A Father - Daughter Memoir
by Cylin Busby
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Crime, corruption and family life, 9 Jun. 2012
A very unusual book which follows the fortunes of a family, torn apart by the shooting of their policeman father, but which holds together in the end. Documents carefully their progression from ordinary family, to a family living in total fear to fugitives and beyond. Written through the eyes of the father and the daughter in alternate chapters. A true account which makes it all the more compelling and harrowing.


A Street Cat Named Bob: How one man and his cat found hope on the streets
A Street Cat Named Bob: How one man and his cat found hope on the streets
by James Bowen
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming and eye opening, 29 May 2012
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A book that will draw you in quickly to a heart warming tale, will enlighten you about living on the streets, the spiral of addiction, how easy it is to slip through the net yet how difficult it is to regain a foothold in mainstream society and how healing friendship can be, especially when that friendship comes unconditionally from a cat like Bob. If you don't learn at least one lesson from this story I will eat my copy of 'A Street Cat Named Bob'.


The Help
The Help
by Kathryn Stockett
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read., 16 Nov. 2010
This review is from: The Help (Paperback)
I too found myself dragging my feet as I did not want this book to end. Well crafted characterisation, clever use of voice, crisp and pacy. Read it and then pass it on.


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