A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets

A Street Cat Named Bob How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets The moving uplifting 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

The moving, uplifting 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: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets

  1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name.James Bowen is an author and musician currently based in London He is author of A Street Cat Named Bob, which tells his life story.James Bowen was born in Surrey in 1979 Following his parents divorce, he moved to Australia with his mother and stepfather Home life was tense and, because the family moved frequently, James was unsettled at school He was frequently bullied, and began sniffing glue while still in education, becoming a self confessed tearaway kid who would later be diagnosed with ADHD, schizophrenia and manic depression In 1997 he returned to the UK and lived with his half sister, but this arrangement did not last in time, he became homeless and began sleeping on the streets From this point, James spent almost 10 years either sleeping rough or staying briefly in charity run shelters it was during this time that he began to use heroin in an attempt to escape the realities of homelessness.In Spring 2007, James was enrolled on a methadone programme, busking in Covent Garden, and living in sheltered accommodation in Tottenham One evening he returned home to find a ginger cat in the hallway of his building assuming it belonged to another resident, he simply returned to his flat When the cat was still there the following day, and the day after that, James became concerned and discovered the cat was wearing no collar or ID tag, and had an infected wound on his leg James checked with other residents to see if the stray belonged to any of them, and when none of them claimed ownership of the animal James decided to help the cat himself.He took the cat to a nearby veterinary surgery run by an animal charity, which provided antibiotics to treat the infected wound In order to make sure he received the full two week course of medication, James decided to take him in for a time while he continued to look for the stray s owner When he couldn t find any information, he released the cat back on to the street, hoping he d find his own way home Instead, he began to follow James around, even following him onto the bus when he left to go busking Concerned that the cat had nowhere else to go, James took him in on a permanent basis, naming him Bob after a character from the television drama Twin Peaks 3 Since Bob seemed keen to accompany James to work, he constructed a harness from shoelaces and began to bring him along to his regular spots in Covent Garden and Piccadilly, travelling in the window seat of the number 73 bus The public reaction was positive and the pair became popular, their visibility increasing still further when James began selling the Big Issue Soon the public began uploading videos of James and Bob to YouTube, and tourists from across the world would visit Covent Garden to see them During this time, James decided to withdraw the methadone treatment he credits his success to Bob, saying I believe it came down to this little man He came and asked me for help, and he needed me than I needed to abuse my own body He is what I wake up for every day now he s definitely given me the right direction to live my life In time, James and Bob s public appearances attracted the attention of Mary Pachnos, the literary agent responsible for the UK rights to John Grogan s Marley and Me, who secured the pair a book deal with the publishers Hodder Stoughton after she heard their story The book was co written by Garry Jenkins, and since its publication has sold over 250,000 copies, been translated into 22 languages and spent over 45 weeks at the top of the Sunday Times bestseller list in both its hardback and paperback format.As of November 2012, two further books were at the planning stage a follow up to A Street Cat Named Bob, and a version of the book for children.

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  1. Please don t think me churlish, but I will kick off by saying that this book is not terribly well crafted it s repetitive and poorly copy edited So, if you re snobby about writing, I suggest you give it a miss That said, it ll be your loss, as it is a heartwarming book with an important message, for reasons other than its prose.Bowen describes how he was invisible when he was homeless, and the difference it made when he found Bob and took him busking with him Suddenly people the public saw James [...]


  2. Looking through the reviews for this book there is a lot of hype against the writing so I won t bother writing anything about it, you ll see for yourself I loved this book for so many reasons Living in Britain Probably anywhere, in fact There is a lot of irritation and even anger towards homeless people, it s very close minded and I think ANYONE could benefit from reading this book You see it from a whole new perspective and I do believe Bob makes that easier Humans seem to find it easier to fee [...]


  3. James Bowden was a homeless man living on the streets of London struggling with a drug addiction During the day he would do busking to make a bit of money to support himself Having spent time in hostels for the homeless, he was finally given his own flat On returning back home one day James finds a ginger Tom cat outside his flat It is from this day on that the pair forms a special attachment to one another James decides to name the cat Bob, and on most days when James started out busking Bob wo [...]


  4. Adev rul este c eram nc nehot r t ce s fac cu Bob n ciuda sentimentului pe care l aveam, c pisica asta i cu mine eram cumva sorti i s fim mpreun , eram aproape convins cumva c n cele din urm tot o s plece, croindu i propriul drum n via B nuiesc c avusesem noroc cu Bob p n n momentul acela De c nd l luasem n grija mea, fusese perfect s n tos, sut la sut n form Avusese purici la nceput, dar asta era de a teptat la o pisic stradal De c nd i f cusem tratament i i d dusem preventiv pastile mpotriva p [...]


  5. This is a wonderful feel good true story about a street Cat named Bob and his owner a recovering heroin addict and the streets of London I don t read books about animals but this sure pulled at my heart strings and made me realise everybody should experience the love of a pet at least once in their lives.This is a story of love and devotion and how sometimes we are sent little signs of help and encouragement we just have to learn how to recognise them and I am sure that James was so happy that h [...]


  6. One of the good things about this book is that the cat doesn t die All the best stories about beloved animals end w the inevitable, and, while I know all sweet pets die, I d just rather they didn t do it in their own book Another really good thing is that Bob is a real cat I know that because I liked his Facebook page, which is totally current, and watched some videos of him on YouTube, and even saw him and James on the Today Show Yes, I know, if some people believe the moon landing was faked, o [...]


  7. I actually met James and Bob a couple years ago around Covent Garden Both of them are wonderfully brilliant characters in their own right Back then, I recall him telling me and Theresa about a book that he was putting out, but I didn t really give it much thought.Fast forward to a month ago, and what do I find in a bookstore but a stack of this book I m so happy he actually managed to get it out there for everyone to read.This is an warming, enjoyable book that is both heart felt as well as educ [...]


  8. Firstly, as many people have mentioned, this book is not exactly well written, but it is a true and honest account of James Bobs life it isn t romanticised, or dramatised, it is what it is I hear they are making a movie, and I hope they keep this natural account without making it too Hollywood.I have however given it a 4 just for the happy story that it is A story about true companionship, and not only that, but how unique Bob is himself I have had cats all my life, and I am pretty sure none of [...]


  9. I must admit I was torn before I read this book I mean, I m moggy obsessed, but also word mad, and had read a few reviews commenting on how poorly written this book is Now I ve finished it, I can quite safely say some people are stupid This isn t meant to be a challenging read or a work of great literature its a true, from the heart story about one man and his mog I actually thought the simple narrative made it really easy to see what James thought of Bob his excitable use of language when it ca [...]


  10. I thought this book would be a heartwarming story of an interesting cat living through some tough times on the street, that would probably make me cry and probably end in the cat s death In fact, the cat does not die by the end which is a good thing and the cat is kind of incidental to the story, not the star What we have here is a self pitying tale of woe by a semi homeless junkie who happens upon Bob the Cat outside his flat and they start hanging out together as he goes about his day to day l [...]



  11. I ve come to believe in the power of animals I believe they can heal, teach, and push us to be better people Neil Abramson from his book unsaidThis quote sums up this book pretty well James Bowen writes with great honesty and describes the life on the streets really well I learned a lot of things from this book things about animals, people, london a lot really he touched me and i felt really connected to him that at the end of the book i actually felt so proud of him for everything he had done a [...]


  12. James Bowen was a homeless man living on the streets of London, addicted to drugs and in a bad way, eventually after spending time in homeless hostels he was given his own flat in sheltered accommodation block in North London One day in 2007 a chance meeting with a ginger Tom cat that James decided to call Bob would change and turnaround his life This is a charming, lovely, heart warming true story of young man busking in central London along with his new companion the street cat Bob They share [...]


  13. Jednostavna, ivotna, a tako prekrasna i topla pri a Znam da samo subjektivno mogu do ivjeti ovu knjigu, budu i da i sama dijelim svoj ivot sa dvije mace, ali zaista mislim da Fantasti ni ma ak Bob malo koga mo e ostaviti ravnodu nim Oni koje ne vole ma ke, ne e je niti uzeti u rukea svi ostali, sigurno e , kao i ja, od prve do posljednje stranice s cijelom paletom osje aja pro ivljavati uspone i padove Jamesa I BobaPosebno vlasnici ku nih ljubimaca koji e jako dobro prepoznati mnoge osje aje i d [...]


  14. As a huge cat lover, it will come as no surprise that the most inspirational and affecting book I have read so far this year is A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen I first heard of James and Bob via their Twitter feed and couldn t wait to read their story, although I did have to wait as my local Waterstones had sold out within a few days of it being released James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London when he first met the injured ginger cat He nursed him back to health and when he [...]


  15. De liefde tussen mens en dier, the struggle for lifeachtig beschreven Zonder sentiment beschrijft James Bowen zijn verslaafde zwervers bestaan met daaruit voortvloeiend zijn liefde en zorg voor Bobachtig Door zijn liefde, zorg en verantwoordelijkheid voor Bob weet hij de juiste keuzes te maken en uiteindelijk zijn verslaving te overwinnen.


  16. The book touched me deeply I laughed, cried and again laughed They do not believe in fate, if she appears before you in the guise of a mind blowing red cat When you have ceased to believe in a bright future, hand themselves down suddenly in the darkness, like a beam of light, you see a pair of cunning eyes Few people indifferent story about the life of Bob the cat and his master Thanks to him I became attentive to everything around him, especially to the invisible on the streets of their city T [...]



  17. As a cat lover and owner of exactly the same breed of cat as Bob when my friend in my Book club told me about this book I had to read it.This story is about James Bowen a recovering drug addict living in sheltered accommodation in London and making small amounts of money to survive the best way he can eg.busking and selling the Big Issue.James one day returns home to find a ginger tom cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation James could not resist helping the cat he named Bob [...]


  18. 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 the other way round It s like Bob is James guardian angel. [...]


  19. A lovely book It s an emotional and touching personal story of a recovering drug addict getting his life back together, but there are also moments of humour, and I learned a lot too from the interesting insights into life on the streets and how the Big Issue works This is a well told story with some beautifully painted moments that made me feel like I was there the description was so vivid that my heart pounded in the dramatic passages and I cried in the emotional bits Some other reviewers have [...]


  20. 4 sao.M t c u chuy n ng c.H n c m t c u chuy n v th nu i, cu n s ch n y c n l m t s truy n c m h ng l n Ban u truy n t p trung vi t v ch m o Bob, nh n v t ng i ch ch l ph th i, nh ng d n d n v sau, t c gi kh o l o m n nh ng l c k chuy n h ng ng y v Bob m l ng v o c u chuy n c a ch nh m nh Vi c d n d t t ng ch t nh v y khi n cho ng i c ch y u n v Bob c ng ng th i l m quen lu n ng i b n ng c a c u V gi tr cu n s ch n y n m ch nh c u chuy n cu c i James L s c g ng ho n thi n b n th n m nh, r i b l [...]


  21. Well I think that James and Bob are kindred spirits I also think that they saved each others lives I have an affinity with cats well all life actually especially animals I have had cats all my life Archimedes is at home now waiting for me to come home I watched the film about Bob and James and although it was a good film as always the book is better What a lovely story The stars were lined up for James when the book publisher approached him that fateful day The rest is history Well done James an [...]


  22. This is an amazing book about a man and his cat It is also a book about hope, friendship and getting another chance It is a very uplifting book that takes you from the rough streets to the inconditional love of an animal, the true love of a friend.Here Bob and James met and the bonds of a life long friendship forms You also learn of James fight to become a better person and get over his SPOILER previous drug addiction that put him on the streets.


  23. Oh my This is a book that deserves every one of its five stars.The title basically says it all It s about a former drug user whose life is on the rebound and is adopted by a stray sickly ginger kitten After many attempts to locate the cat s owner, James adopts Bob and they become inseparable first as a feline sidekick while James busked for spare change and later to his selling the Big Issue a magazine published to help people get back on their feet and into the working world again while rehabil [...]


  24. A year 6 student mentioned this book when I asked what he had read recently and enjoyed A couple days later he brought it in for me to read I picked it up last night expecting to read for 30 minutes or so before bed but I ended up staying up until I finished it It isn t very well written but it is extremely heart warming to read about the relationship that develops between James a recovering heroin junkie and Bob the street cat who befriends him Today when I told the student that I finished the [...]



  25. Todo o ser humano necessita de um objectivo na sua vida e para James este objectivo aparece sob a forma de um gato cor de laranja Neste hist ria o dif cil perceber quem que salva quem James e Bob constituem uma fam lia improv vel que partilha uma amizade verdadeira.


  26. This is really heart warming.This book follows James Bowen as he struggles to get out of his downward spiral and how a lost lonely kitty helped him do just that.I can t even imagine how hard some days must have been for James, but I m so glad that he felt that he had to help Bob.Bob himself is amazing it really does seem that they were meant to find each other.I have long known that the bond between human and feline can be strong and fulfilling, so too for our canine friends as well, but here Bo [...]


  27. I enjoyed this book very much It s basically a love story about a man and the cat who he credits with saving his life James had been living on the streets of London trying to get his life together after being an addict for many years After he met a stray cat, he became close to him and named him Bob Jame s life improved when he had the responsibility of taking care of Bob.This memoir has now become a film and I m looking forward to seeing it It also strengthened my resolve to adopt a pet, but I [...]


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