A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen


Book Description:

The phenomenal Number One bestseller about best friends James and Bob. Now a major motion picture starring Luke Treadaway.

When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet.

Yet James couldn’t resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other’s troubled pasts.

A Street Cat Named Bob is a moving and uplifting story that will touch the heart of anyone who reads it.

My Thoughts:

I have to admit I am totally late to the Bob party. The first I knew about him and James was whilst doing my weekly shop when I came across this book which just jumped out at me and straight away I knew I had to read it, especially after reading the description.

The friendship between James and Bob is just the most heart warming relationship I think I’ve ever come across. Even though it’s James that finds Bob and takes him in, I think it’s more the other way round. It’s like Bob is James’ guardian angel.

James is brutally honest about his past and his drug addiction. Meeting Bob gives him something to focus on. It’s like Bob is his child and he knows he needs to sort himself out so that he can keep a roof over their heads and put food on the table.

James talks us through trying to come off drugs as well as his busking and working for the Big Issue. I have to admit I don’t think I will look at another busker or Big Issue seller through the same eyes after reading this book. It certainly opened my eyes to why some people are doing what they are doing and I certainly didn’t realise that there was so much more to selling the Big Issue and how it gives people some valuable life and work skills. Also life on the streets is extremely volatile. They are up against some really awful people that just don’t understand why they are doing what they are doing and are sometimes targeted as well as jealous individuals that are in the same position and try to screw things up. Yet on the other hand we get to see just how many amazing people there are out there that are compassionate.

You don’t have to be a cat lover to appreciate the devotion that James and Bob have for each other. It’s almost like they are soul mates. Some people will go through this life and never have the relationship that these two have. I’m pretty certain that everyone would love a Bob in their life.

One of the most inspirational books about life, addiction, relationships and that amazing bond between a man and an animal. Fabulous read and one I will be shouting about for a long time to come.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

A Street Cat Named Bob is available to purchase from Amazon

8 thoughts on “A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen”

  1. Just wanted to say, that’s a great review you given the book. I’ve been following James and Bob for a few years now and been lucky enough to meet them a few times too. I can honestly say, that you couldn’t meet a nicer man than James and as for Bob, he just mesmerizes you. Even though the film is only an adaptation of their story, I can’t wait to see it. They really do deserve all this recognition and success.

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