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A Street Cat Named Bob: How one man and his cat found hope on the streets Hardcover – 15 Mar 2012
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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)
A heartwarming tale with a message of hope. (Daily Mail)
A true story and ideal for anyone like me who's a bit mad when it comes to felines. (Glamour)
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.
A heartwarming tale with a message of hope.
A true story and ideal for anyone like me who's a bit mad when it comes to felines.
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.See all Product description
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I first read about James and Bob in 'The Big Issue' and this prompted me to see the film and buy a book (on kindle). How glad I am to have been touched by this incredible tale and to learn of such a positive outcome.
could be inspired to take the journey to recovery.
I love James’s naive attitude that people must feel grateful that they haven’t suffered misfortune and ended up on the streets. This is how society should react, but the reality of the material aspirational individual is the common term ‘benefit scroungers.’
It is lovely that Bob attracts so much attention on the streets, when James went busking and that people, mainly women, bought him presents and knitted him things. I have to say, that would be me if I saw him!
The book highlights the problems of living on the streets, whether that is busking or selling the Big Issue. This is where CCTV becomes a benefit and source of protection for the vulnerable. Equally there is the problem of isolation and who do you turn to for support in a crisis, especially if the police want to detain you overnight. I like the fact that the story explains the myths surrounding Big Issue sellers. The fact that they don’t have to be living on the streets, you can be in temporary housing. There are also rules around drinking, begging and approaching people, as well as assigned pitches.
I cried when James lost Bob – twice! Fortunately this cat is not daft and can find safety when needed and all’s well that ends well. James talks about Bob being his reward for doing good, but I think Bob is the reason for doing good and the reward is being drug free.
I understand there are other books in the series and I look forward to reading them.
There are very few books written with such open hearted honesty and very quickly you find yourself entirely on the author's side willing him to succeed. And for someone such as myself who mostly certainly has few soft leanings is quite an achievement. This is probably down to the way the author does not ask for pity. He acknowledges his own failings - despite some tough times as a kid - and finds within himself a determination to pull himself clear of his spiral of self destruction.
Drugs of course feature in this tale as they do sadly in many hopeless situations. Bowen admits his problem and guides us through the rehabilitation process in a way that thankfully avoids the grotesque used to shock in some other autobiographies. Once again this process is one of humility and grit.
Through this is of course Bob. The cat that makes Bowen take the final steps towards a more stable lifestyle and one that is drug free. Bob is clearly a remarkable cat but most of all he gives back to the author hope and a reason to succeed.
Along the way we learn a bit about life on the street and just how hard it is. And whilst buying the Big Issue has never been on my list of things I would ever contemplate from now on I'm going to buy the odd one because it does seem to make a difference.
Overall a book that ultimately is about hope and redemption. Well worth a read.
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Making this an unexpected “feel good” book- not just for cat lovers.