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A Street Cat Named Bob: How one man and his cat found hope on the streets Paperback – 13 Sep 2012

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (13 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444737112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444737110
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5,133 customer reviews)
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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)

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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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A Street Cat Named Bob is the uplifting and inspirational story about James, a man who is vulnerably housed and a recovering drug addict who discovers a rather remarkable cat.

The ginger tom, which James names Bob, is in a sorry state when he finds him. Bob has bald patches, is thin and has an infected abscess on his back leg.

As James nurses Bob back to health (with a little help) they develop a close relationship, becoming dependent upon one another. Readers will fall in love with Bob and James in equal measure.

James assumes that once Bob is well, he will leave. But Bob doesn’t. In fact he does quite the opposite.

James is working the streets of London. First busking and later selling The Big Issue magazines. Bob starts following him to work in the mornings, crossing busy roads and jumping on buses. So James ends up buying him a lead. But Bob often prefers to travel on James’ shoulder.

Bob is smart, inquisitive and a good judge of people. Many people take a liking to Bob and that helps to humanise James to them. James also learns to trust other people because of Bob. But the streets of London can be tough at times and not everyone acts out of kindness or compassion. In A Street Cat Named Bob Bowen tells the story of the tribulations and triumphs Bob and he face on the streets.

Astute readers will be left with some concern for Bowen when they finish reading A Street Cat Named Bob. Bowen values his friendship with Bob greatly. It comes across as the only significant relationship Bowen has. But the average indoor cat only lives for around 15 years (human years). So how is Bowen going to respond to the eventual death of his close friend? And will he be at risk of relapsing on to drugs or alcohol to manage his feelings of grief?
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This is a wonderfully light and heart warming true story about the benefit of animals in terms of therapy and responsibility. It also shows, very early, on how expensive owning a pet can be and the wonderful work our animal charities do. The sacrificial payment James had to make for Bob’s medication would have been difficult for anyone, let alone someone who was living from day to day. This is a wonderful example of James’s compassion and altruism.

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.
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I loved this charming, heartwarming story. Both James and Bob were initially in a bad way. With James's nurturing of this little street cat he brought him back to good health. In turn, Bob's loyalty paid wonderful dividends in an unimaginable way, bringing good fortune to James whose life of drug dependency really changed. He is now happy and settled with Bob and the support of family and friends. Long may he be so.

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.
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This book is not just another cat story but a human story too. We meet James at the start of the book when he is trying to get his life back on track after sleeping rough and being addicted heroin.
James finds a stray cat outside his flat one night and takes pity on it, nursing it back to health and then realising he has grown attached to it decides to let it stay with him on a permanent basis. James and Bob then become inseparable and together they begin to heal each other's lives.
James Bowen was a very honest in the book and it was hard hitting about the realities of life busking, selling The Big Issue whilst struggling with taking methadone and trying to come off this as well. The book shows the healing power that having an animal can have because you are no longer thinking about yourself all the time.
Not only did Bob help to heal James (and maybe save his life) but James helped to heal Bob after his early life on the streets.
At times the book brought tears to my eyes but at other times it made me laugh.
A fantastic book, certainly not just for cat lovers, as the human story here is just as important as the cat's story. It is a story of how humans (and cats) can triumph over adversity. A must read!
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