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The World According to Bob: The further adventures of one man and his street-wise cat Hardcover – 4 Jul 2013

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition edition (4 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444777556
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444777550
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.7 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,594 customer reviews)
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Bowen writes with compelling, brutal honesty. Ranging from heartbreakingly sad to laugh-out-loud funny, The World According To Bob is a life-affirming story of sheer human strength in the face of adversity. (Daily Express)

The second installment from one of north London's most loved double acts ... The long-awaited sequel picks up where the first book left off, telling the story of what happened to this odd couple of cool cats after their initial success. (Evening Standard)

Close proximity to animals does wonders for your mental health. Close proximity to this book will do wonders for it, too. (Daily Mail)

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The sequel to the bestselling A STREET CAT NAMED BOB continues the remarkable adventures of James and Bob showing - through new stories - how Bob's extraordinary street wisdom has shown James the meaning of friendship, loyalty, trust - and happiness.

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Although obviously the novelty of busking and selling the Big Issue with a cat and the role which Bob played in turning around James Bowen's life are a major attraction, there is much more to this book. It really makes you think about the dangers of living and working on the street and appreciate how precarious the journey to an address and work is. Selling the Big Issue is a like running your own business - if you are sick, you don't get paid - added to which, if the weather is bad, you have to chose between working in the cold/ snow / driving rain (quite possibly without being able to wrap up in extra layers). James' love for his cat - and Bob's unconditional love for the man who nursed him back to health - really shine through the feline adventures and mishaps, which, although openly ghost-written, read as if James himself were the author. I like his honesty about the times when he was in danger of losing what he gained and his willingness to admit to behaviour which he now regrets. I am delighted to see how many books for adults and children James (and Bob) are responsible for - and hope that this success will allow James to go from strength to strength - with Bob at his side for many years to come.
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I haven't read the first book but this short biography/ autobiography of James (man) and Bob (cat) is an entertaining and in places moving read. Unfortunately we only have James' version of events - I suspect Bob's view would reveal points a human misses but James does the best he can to describe the cat's eye view from the outside. Anyone who has had a close relationship with a cat will sympathise and at times identify with both protagonists. In general the villains in this book are people who are petty and self important or desperate and the heroes those who view the world with open eyes and kindness. Bob is of course brilliant!
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I couldn't put this book down once I started reading it. It's very well written and a great sequel to A Street Cat Named Bob. I loved it
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This book was raw, touching, humbling and honest. It gave me an understanding of how tough it must be, living life on the streets, and gave me an insight into this man's life and the huge change brought about by meeting Bob. It's an account of a life made better, more hopeful, by the chance (?) meeting of two souls in need of healing. I'll never walk past a Big Issue seller again without at least saying hello, acknowledging that they're doing their best to earn an honest living like the rest of us. Thank you, James and Bob.
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I read 'A Street Cat Named Bob' in one sitting in April last year and was completely hooked. I've shared my 47-year life with cats (not owned - you never 'own' a cat) so I know how endearing, intelligent, independent yet therapeutic they can be. However, I have never met a cat anything like Bob.

Having enjoyed James' first book so much, I was delighted that a second one had been published but a little nervous that sequels can sometimes be disappointing. How wrong could I have been. This is even better. It's written with a lot more confidence, which James obviously is starting to have in himself and that is wonderful. Bob is still the amazing cat that will happily ride on public transport, walk around the city streets and fight off muggers yet still does cat things like bring in gifts of dead mice and live frogs.

I'm really starting to believe that there is 'Karma' but, in James' case, it may be backwards as what he and Bob are doing now for the Blue Cross and the homeless charities are the 'good deeds' that he initially thought he was rewarded for, but couldn't remember, was meeting Bob.

I'm a fan of 'The Big Issue' and my husband and I regularly buy from our local seller, yet I'm appalled at the treatment James received and reported in this book. The support you're still getting from him is honorable but get your act together!
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I read a Street Cat called Bob last year and this book follows on from that ... It was good to see that things were turning out good for the pair of them.. it wasnt all plain sailing but things fall into place when you need help and Im great believer that things happen for reason. James was meant to meet up with Bob and Bob was meant for James at a time when they both needed somebody. James had struggled with his life and we dont know how Bob came to be on the streets but they needed somebody and found each other. This is a book I will read again .
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Great book. Really catches ones imagination. Such an honest story with much appeal. Travelling the journey with James and Bob was delightful. I am looking forward to reading the earlier books of their adventures.
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Having read A Streetcat Named Bob, I just had to read about his further adventures and it was nice to see what happened after the whole book thing. Very thought provoking and Bob is indeed a very special cat!
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