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The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Streetwise Cat (Bob The Cat #2)

4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,333 Ratings  ·  476 Reviews
'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 ...more
Hardcover, 286 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published 2013)
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Aunty Janet
Jul 14, 2013 Aunty Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book utterly inspiring. I read it with a tear in my eye and a lump in my throat, on the day I got it. I simply had to finish it before I went to sleep.
The book follows on from 'A street cat named Bob', and continues the story about James' life with the cat who just refused to leave James' side. The book is harrowing at times and gives a real insight into life 'on the streets' and the survival of some of society's most vulnerable people.
There are smiles too and Bob is, of course, ado
Anna Kļaviņa
18 chapters + epilogue, and illustrations :)

It was such an amazing book just like the A Street Cat Named Bob . I hope James writes a third book.

You don't have to read the first book to understand what is going on in this one.

In 2007, James was a recovering heroin addict when he found an injured tom cat. Noticing that the cat is without an owner he took him home and nursed him back to health. Since then James and Bob the cat are the best friends.

In his second book James tells about his experi
Mar 28, 2014 Kirsti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tell me, who can resist this ginger cat wearing a scarf? I know I can't! I actually bought this book a few months ago and forgot that I had, it somehow got mixed in with a pile of already read books in my book room. Yeah, yeah, I have a whole room in my house just for books, with shelves lining the walls and back to back in the middle of the room. Things get lost in there, even with most of it being in alphabetical order!

I'm glad this book didn't stay hidden for too long. I really don't get much
Oct 31, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This follow-up to the bestselling 'A Street Cat Named Bob' is slower to get going, but is highly enjoyable nonetheless.

Whereas the original Bob book was captivating from the off - not least because it showed how Bob was a most unusual cat (getting on the bus with James and so on) - here the observations are more mundane, detailing Bob behaving in ways that many cats do. The recognition is pleasing, but little more, and for the first third of the book I feared this was going to prove a disappoin
Jul 17, 2013 Kirsty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You do not need to have read the first book to read this book, however you should because they are both amazing. I like how honest this book is, nothing is sugarcoated, there was times where I had to have a good cry. I won't give anything away here but there is some really eye opening parts in this book in relation to drug usage. It's so good to see that James has put all this behind him.

The world according to Bob is a very easy read, the sort of book that you can easily read a few pages of and
I haven't read 'A Streetcat Named Bob' before, though I'd both heard and seen it among other books during trips to local supermarkets, it having been in the chart, and glimpsed an interview on TV one morning before study. I don't usually (usually - there are some exceptions, of course) purchase books I spot hovering on these shelves but luckily my younger sister took it upon herself to gift me something bookish for my birthday, and whilst strolling through WHSmith for something remotely April-lo ...more
Gavin Felgate
This is the sequel to last year's popular book, A Street Cat Named Bob, in which James Bowen talked about how the stray cat he found helped him turn his life around and quit his drug addiction. I first found out about this book in a magazine that, somewhat unfairly, slammed the book before it had even been published.

This book picks up where the original left off and tells of James and Bobs' lives up until March 2012, when A Street Cat Named Bob was first sold in the shops. It felt a bit more lik
Jun 08, 2014 Ash rated it it was amazing
Let's be real, this sequel was automatically getting five stars because I am an absolute sucker for pet stories where the pet in question is alive. I saw The World According to Bob: the Further Adventures of One Man and his Streetwise Cat in a bookstore and squealed in delight. Although, the subtitle suggests this is a sequel, it's really a prequel. Like a meta prequel. Think more Wes Craven's New Nightmare than The Phantom Menance.

The author, James Bowen, continues the story of where A Street
Sharon Huether
May 02, 2014 Sharon Huether rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs, first-reads
The World According to James Bowen.. I won this book through Goodreads. It was an amazing story. The trust Bob had for Jim and Jim doing the very best he could to care for Bob especially when he had little funds. Jim was a recovering drug addict. Jim sold newspapers and played his guitar to earn a little money. He was encouraged to write his first book about Bob and with the help of some professional writers; he did it. Bob is everyone's favorite, he did a few tricks and rode on Jim's ne ...more
Jul 08, 2014 Marfita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I'm not sure the title fits. James Bowen relates how his relationship with Bob the cat continues to salvage him from himself. He's kicked his heroin habit, the methadone substitute, and now the weaning drug. He is starting to pull himself together. He's beginning to reconcile with his family. His success at selling The Big Issue is due mainly to Bob, who attracts attention and can perform a trick or two, something no cat would bother to do even for people that fed it well. I can't say cats actua ...more
Esra Nazenin
Jun 09, 2016 Esra Nazenin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
İlk kitaptan daha çok sevdim. Devam niteliğinde ama Bob ve James'in hayatına daha detaylı bir giriş yapıyoruz. Aynı zamanda James, kitapları yazma ve çıkış sürecinden de bahsediyor. Tabi en önemlisi Bob'un hayatına nasıl ışık olduğunu okuyoruz. Kitabı en güzel özetleyen cümleleri:

"Bob'la tanışmadan önce dünya gözüme haşin, kalpsiz ve evet, umutsuz bir yer gibi görünürdü. Onun gözlerinden görmeyi öğrendiğim dünyaysa bambaşka bir yer. Bir zamanlar bir günü diğerinden ayıramazdım. Oysa şimdi her bi
Tempo de Ler
Jan 22, 2014 Tempo de Ler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"Durante muitos anos, estes três elementos preciosos - fé, esperança e amor - estiveram dolorosamente afastados da minha vida. Contudo, um capricho do destino proporcionou-me todos eles em simultâneo, sob a forma de um gato irrequieto, divertido, astuto, ocasionalmente intratável mas sempre delicado, que me ajudou a dar a volta à minha vida."

Podemos resumir assim a inspiradora história de James - um ex-toxicodependente - e Bob - o gato que simplesmente se recusou a largar James - os dois compan
The tale James and Bob continues and it us as lovely, funny and heartwarming as ever. That is really all you need to know about this book in a nutshell.

Having read “A Street Cat Named Bob” somewhere last year and fallen in love with the quirky red tomcat, I was excited to read this book as well.

Having lived together for quite a while now, James and Bob experience more adventures in London, meet new friends, foes and their bond grows stronger everyday. This man and his cat go through the good, t
Jul 06, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yay! More Bob!

The review of Bowen’s first book, ‘A Street Cat Names Bob’, left me wishing that Bob had more spotlight. This time, author has got it just right, letting us know more about Bob’s characteristics and his escapades, with Bowen’s life wrapped around the story.

Once again, this story is delightful and I am certain cat owners can relate to so much that we find out about for Bob. He is definitely a loveable cat and I think that even if you are more of the dog persuasion, you will find it
Apr 13, 2014 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a sucker for a good memoir, and for pet stories -- so I was bound to love this book. This was a good follow up to the first Bob book, as we got more insight into James' life with Bob through numerous stories that will make you happy, sad, and in-between. I like that the author always seems to be transparent about what went on in his life, even telling the pieces of his story that are difficult or may make people see him less favorably. It's all part of the story, and makes you admire him eve ...more
Liz Chapman
The first book James wrote 'A street cat named Bob' was about how Bob had come into his life and his fight to overcome heroin addiction. This book is about the journey they have had in the intervening years. The hard ships of living life on the streets of London and the final stages of getting clean from drugs are truthfully told. James tells of the many ways in which Bob has been his protector, Healing cat through times of illness , hardship and even life threading danger. This is a touching ac ...more
Jun 29, 2015 Sergei_kalinin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for_soul
Конечно, это не литература (с большой буквы "Л"). Но история документальная, искренняя, очень трогательная и честная. Цепляет...

Местами страшная. А какой ещё может быть история уличной жизни бывшего наркомана и полубомжа? Бесправная жизнь человека "на грани".

Местами наивная до тошноты :(. Я понимаю, что животные намного лучше людей по многим характеристикам. Но местами восхваление автором своего кота как-то очень уж зашкаливает... Эдакое нагнетание мимимишности.

А в целом очень позитивная книг
Feb 10, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading A street cat named Bob, and enjoying it, I was not disappointed by this follow-up. It is a very moving read, uplifting and life affirming. That Bob and James both survived together after their difficult start in life is amazing. James's account of his life as a busker, then a Big Issue vendor and then as an author is well worth a read and I can recommend it not only to cat lovers, but anyone who needs something to restore their faith in humanity. This book gave me a long lasting up ...more
combustible reviews
May 07, 2016 combustible reviews rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the first book
Shelves: 2016
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Initial thoughts

When I discovered a sequel to A street cat named Bob, I was really excited to read it. I’d enjoyed the first one and was interesting in knowing what the duo were up to nowadays.

The title led me to believe there would be funny tidbits of what Bob ‘thought’ of certain things in life and I was looking forward to, hopefully, being made to smile.


It’s in first person and it takes an even more fiction like approa
As it says on the cover. I am a believer in the healing power of animals and Bob not only is a charmer but has been a soul mate for James. Their story has been an inspiring one and I was very happy to be able to read more about them in the time leading up to the writing of the first book.

The last few pages had me tearing up and hugging Miss Buffy, one of my beloved companions. Inspiring in a down-to-earth fashion.
Jun 04, 2014 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este livro fez me de alguma forma ver com outros olhos o problema dos sem abrigo.
Ou como o próprio autor do livro diz, para mim deixaram de ser invisíveis.
Jun 19, 2014 Debby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I have not read the first book by James Bowen. I didn't really know what to expect going into read this book. It is an easy, quick read. The back story is appealing about the relationship of Mr. Bowen and the cat, Bob. As I read the book I kept waiting for something more to happen, to gain some hidden insights. It didn't happen. The author and the cat have a definite relationship, but I believe most pet owners would have the same observations about t ...more
Jun 06, 2016 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals-dogs, memoir
This is the second book written by James Bowen. The first was "A Street Cat Named Bob" I guess this is the further adventures of James and his cat Bob. In the first book James writes of how Bob and he met and formed a bond. James writes more of his time on the streets with Bob peddling the magazine "The Big Issue" this magazine is sold by homeless citizens to help them earn money. James writes more about the days spent with Bob and those they encounter good and bad. He also writes in this book h ...more
Jul 18, 2016 Rosanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Ook deel 2 was weer een geweldig boek! Ik vond hem iets lastiger om doorheen te komen, maar dat vergeef ik Bob! Snel verder met deel 3 :).
Jun 26, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If anything, more powerful than the first book, with a couple of truly harrowing scenes. James tells how he came to write the book about Bob, and gives further adventures on the streets of London - with Bob being his brave, loyal, charming self. The "plot" focuses on James's struggle to get off drugs and get off the street. He makes great strides, too, in beginning to reconcile with his family - and it's Bob, and the responsibility he assumes for the feisty little cat, who shows him the way. Thi ...more
Jul 12, 2015 Lana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
an excellent book depicting life in london, the cold, the troubles homeless people face everyday, the fact that they become invisible to people in general, many passing them by everyday without even a sign of recognition!! james brings the plight of the homeless very much to the attention of the reader and i think that if nothing else these books are doing a world of good to these people's situation. Bob has undoubtedly changed james's life around and all for the better but i think also he could ...more
I read this back in September and in many ways compared to its predecessor A Street Cat Named Bob this was a major disappointment. While A Street Cat wasn't a literary work of art it was a charming little book that not only confronted some heavy duty issues, like the author's experiences with homelessness and drug use, but it had cute cat moments galore! While Bowen's writing isn't remarkable, the genuine love he has for Bob, the cat he took in from off the grimy London streets, was conveyed o ...more
Jan 02, 2016 Jasbr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sonstige
Nachdem mich "Bob, der Streuner" total begeistert hat, musste ich natürlich auch den Folgeband lesen.
Auch dieses Buch ist wieder herzerwärmend. Man erfährt noch mehr über die intensive Beziehung zwischen Bob und James. Es lest sich wunderbar lesen und ist eine wunderbare Ablenkung vom Alltag. Dieses Buch verdeutlicht noch mehr, wie schwer der tägliche Kampf ums Überleben auf der Straße ist und mit welchen Widrigkeiten und Vorurteile James zu kämpfen hat.
Besonders gut hat mir gefallen, dass in d
Aug 04, 2014 Bunny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: You. Go read it.
Shelves: read-in-14
I love this fucking cat.

I have such an affinity for animals. Not like, "Oh, I love animals they're so fluffy and cute and I just want to look at puppies on the internet all day!"

No. Like, I have braked hard enough to leave marks on asphalt to get a snake out of the road. I swerve around frogs, and once stopped traffic because a wild turkey had been hit and I ran to wrap him in my jacket, and held him while he died.

I have an affinity for animals.

The first book touched me so deeply, this wonderful
Carla Johnson-Hicks
I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway a couple of months ago and it got put in the pile. I picked it up on Wednesday evening and once I started reading it, I could not stop. It is the second book by James Bowen and I wish I had read the first one. His first book, A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets explains how he ended up on the street and met Bob, the cat. This book, The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-wise ...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
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