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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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The incredible sequel to the bestselling A STREET CAT NAMED BOB - the moving and uplifting true story of an unlikely friendship between a man on the streets and the ginger cat who adopts him, soon to be a major motion picture. 'Since Bob has appeared, I've made huge strides in my life. For more than a decade I was a homeless drug addict. I was lost to the world and had forgotten what was important in life. Now I've got myself back on my two feet, but as I put the past behind me, I'm still stepping unsteadily into the future. I still need help in the right direction. Bob is always there to offer guidance and friendship.'James and his street cat Bob have been on a remarkable journey together. In the years since their story ended in the bestselling A STREET CAT NAMED BOB James, with Bob's help, has begun to find his way back to the real world.Almost every day, Bob provides moments of intelligence, bravery and humour, at the same time opening his human friend's eyes to important truths about friendship, loyalty, trust - and the meaning of happiness. In the continuing tale of their life together James shows the many ways in which Bob has been his protector and guardian angel through times of illness, hardship, even life-threatening danger. As they high five together for their crowds of admirers, James knows that the tricks he's taught Bob are nothing compared to the lessons he's learnt from his street-wise cat.
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This was a very easy book to read and in many ways quite heart warming as this cat no doubt saved this young man from self destruction.
The cat and the young man were both in need of support and they gave it to each other.
I am a cat lover but I don't think of them in the same way as I do my children. I love them but as animals and not like my offspring and I found it interesting that James put all his parental instincts into looking after Bob.
He sounds a lovely cat and obviously quite a special cat and it is an uplifting book that has done a lot to raise the image of 'Big Issue' sellers and the plight of the homeless.
People become homeless and live on the streets for so many varied reasons and often they have had good jobs and have just had a melt down. They are not all on drugs, they just cannot cope with life in general. One of the people on the streets in Derby was a dentist and it does make you wonder why he is now in that state.
James it seems was a troubled teen from a broken home. Mother lived in Australia with him and struggled to cope. James went down the glue sniffing drop out route and came to London to study music and live with his father. For what ever reason that failed and he ended up on the street doing serious drugs.
Bob it seems broke this cycle of self destruction and hence the very close relationship developed between Bob and James.
I wish him well and I am happy the book sales have changed his life. he has had and has taken good advice about his earnings and it seems that things are looking up for him finally.
A quick and interesting read and I will look at 'Big issue ' sellers in a new light. I have always talked to them and treated the as people not part of the floor or wall but it did make me think how lucky I am that my children and step children have all got jobs and are happy in their lives as so many fall by the way side.
The special thing about the Bob-books is that they are as much about James, his recovering heroin addict human side-kick as they are about Bob himself. And James writes about Bob as an equal - not a cutesy little anthropomorphised buddy. James challenges the reader to think differently about homelessness and life on the streets, life outside the 'system' and the dangers therein. People who probably wouldn't read about such issues will do so when they are wrapped around the story of a friendship between a man and his moggy. Many will find they are rather disappointed with the way James and Bob were treated by the Big Issue staff - a shame after all the positive publicity they got from his first book.
It's not a particularly polished or elegant book but it's one that does - in its own small way - make a difference.
This is a real life story of hope, love and determination...James and Bob's story is fascinating and I truly believe that their destiny was to meet one another and inspire others to be kinder, more loving and understanding not only to homeless people but to animals and each other. God bless you James and Bob!
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