A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets
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A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets (Bob The Cat #1)

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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.
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2012)
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Sarah
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...more
Dem
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...more
Tracy
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 t...more
Claire Martin
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 s...more
Beth
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 fak...more
Corey Dutson
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 e...more
Martin Belcher
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 s...more
Hil
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...more
Megan Graff
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 finishe...more
Yousra Serry
"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 in his book unsaid

This 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 ha...more
Jenny Lyon
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 wh...more
Lisa Fagg


This is a fabulous book; uplifting, fresh, thoughtful and honest. Not every writer has a story to tell worth reading and not every book worth reading is written by a 'writer'. James' story makes for good reading and his style of writing invites the reader to sit down beside him and Bob and listen to what he has to say. There is a lot of living depicted in these pages - a life that is at times perhaps, like yours or mine. At other times James' life is almost unfathomable, almost unrecognisable a...more
Furny
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 Bo...more
Holliekins
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...more
Sophie
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...more
Amy (Turn the Page)
This isn't a book I'd recommend to anyone unless they love cats, or have seen Bob out and about in London and are interested in knowing a bit more about him.

I've seen Bob with his owner quite a few times in Islington, I used to stop to stroke Bob on my way to the Business Design Centre each morning and he really is a lovely animal. Never before have I seen a cat perfectly at ease in the middle of London surrounded by strangers petting him. Or seen a cat sit on a guys shoulders perfectly content...more
Nikki
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...more
Linda
An enormous feel good book that makes you laugh, cry and look differently at people who have to make their money on the street. It also makes you realize again how enormously important love and responsibility are to keep people on the straight and narrow. Loved this book!

When the author finds a young, injured, ginger tomcat on his London-Tottenham doorstep he initially does not want to let him in as he is struggling with his own life as an ex-heroin addict on methadone, just living in a sheltere...more
Tempo de Ler
Uma existência nómada durante a infância privou James Bowen das bases que lhe permitiriam uma adaptação social normal, empurrando-o para os sentimentos de revolta que acabariam por transformar a sua adolescência num período de delinquência. James conta-nos, em A Minha História com Bob, como percorreu este caminho rumo à autodestruição, começando pelo consumo de drogas leves que culminou na saída da casa da mãe para a casa da meia irmã…daí para o sofá de amigos, casas abandonadas e, em última ins...more
Carmo Santos
Não costumo ler este tipo de livros. Tenho sempre a ideia de que não passam de tentativas de transformar um qualquer azar num dramalhão, apelando à solidariedade alheia no intuito de ganhar uns cobres. Sou desconfiada, fazer o quê?
Desta vez fui mais condescendente, e a culpa corresponde inteiramente à bolinha de pelo amarelo da capa. Afinal, um gato que permite que lhe ponham um cachecol ao pescoço, merece que lhe dediquemos algum do nosso tempo.
E foi um tempo bem entregue. Gatófila (eu sei que...more
catherine
This book is engaging enough for me to have finished it within two days, which is a good sign! I don't much like biographies as I don't understand people who want to write about themselves; today almost everyone feels as though they have something interesting to say, that they can write down the secrets to life within a certain number of pages, or that in order to feel as though they are worth something, they need to write about themselves and have over a thousand people read their words, be it...more
Dorcas
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 wh...more
Gavin Felgate
This book tells a true story that made newspaper headlines, about how the writer, James Bowen, and his cat Bob became minor celebrities.

The story starts with James, who is homeless at the time, returning to his sheltered accommodation to find a cat outside his front door; believing him to belong to a neighbour, he initially ignores the cat, but it soon becomes apparent that the cat is a stray, and he sees James as a new master, and follows him around. Seeing him as a sort of kindred spirit, sinc...more
Gillian
I like this book. It wasn't very sophisticated in terms of prose but it is a heart warming true story. I have a ginger tomcat myself so it was Bob the cat who attracted me to the book!
Duygu
Yabancı Yayınları’ndan çıkmış olan , “James Bowen’ın –Sokak Kedisi Bob “ adlı kitabını bitirmiş bulunmaktayım .

Yabancı Yayınları’nın ılk kitabı olan bu kitabı okurken zamanın nasıl geçtiğini anlayamadım .Çevirisi son derece akıcı olan bir kitaptı , kelime hatası bile yoktu .Titiz bir çalışmanın ürünü olduğu buradan belli oluyordu zaten ..

Kitabın konusuna kısaca değinirsek ; James adlı bir adamın bir gün, sarman bir kedi bulmasıyla hayatının nasıl değiştiğini ,başına gelen olayları bir kedinin in...more
Sammi
May 18, 2012 Sammi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone! animal lovers, somone who wants to find out about life on the street.
Recommended to Sammi by: My boyfriend
It waa a very refreshing read in an autobiographical sense. A Street Cat Named Bob is the autobiography of James Bowen's life on the street, and the story of the friend he find's in a cat he names Bob.

I must admit Bob never stops amazing me in this book, he is so intelligent and loyal! I'd love to meet him myself and I can see why everyone who encounters Bob loves him, too.
The book is witty, sad, and very honest. James admits everything in this book, and since he met Bob just like in life - thi...more
Andrew
I am usually not one for autobiographies and certainly not cute uplifting ones but this caught my eye - partly as its invovles a cat and I own (or is it owned by) four of them, but also I have followed their story through the national press some time ago (the events are 2007 onwards really). If you want a quick and uplifting read this is worth it. Just proves what wonders pets are and what they can give you back with just a little kindness and care.
Filipa
Quando um gatinho meio adoentado aparece ao pé de nossa casa, ou neste caso específico, no nosso prédio, o que fazemos nós?
O que fazemos nós, quando, não temos uma situação financeira favorável ou sequer estamos totalmente bem psicológicamente?
James, teve que responder a estas perguntas e não poderia ter ficado mais agradavelmente satisfeito!

Bob, é um gatinho que aparece um dia sem anterior rasto no prédio de James, em mau estado; James, ao princípio pensou que se tratasse de um gatinho de algum...more
Keith Chawgo
A Street Cat Named Bob is one of those books that is not terribly well written and considering it is published by one of the major publication houses, you would think that the ghost writer or editor would have done a better service to the material. Of course, saying that, this book captures your heart from the very beginning.

This is one of those true stories that triumphs and gives you courage that how friendship, companionship and love can conquer any obstacle. James Bowen's has disappointed hi...more
Pınar
İyi kitapların kötü yanı çok çabuk bitmesi sanırım. Sokak Kedisi Bob’da böyle oldu ve azar azar okumama rağmen bitti.

Bir hayvansever olarak bu kitap özellikle ilgi alanıma giriyordu. Dili, anlatımı ve gerçek bir hikaye olması sebebiyle geçer not aldı. Bayıldım kitaba. Okuması oldukça keyifliydi. James ve Bob’un tanışmasını ve sıkı birer dost olmasını anlatan kitaptan etkilenmemek elde değil. Hatta sonunda niye bitti, acaba daha neler yaşayacaklar diye düşündüm.

Bittikten sonra birçok kişinin Bob...more
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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 frequ...more
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