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

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  1,546 ratings  ·  284 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 January 1st 2013)
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Aunty Janet
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
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Anna  Matsuyama
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
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Sarah
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
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Kirsty
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
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Kirsti
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
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April
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
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Sharon Huether
The World According to Bob..by 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
Tempo de Ler

"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 companh
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Marfita
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
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
Maria
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.
Ash
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
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Debby
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
Mary
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
Beth
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
Heather
I won this book through good reads first reads; and, in the words of the author of himself, the story is not the most romantic or glamorous of tales. However, it is a great read. A cute story about a man and his cat Bob and how he helped James on his road to recovery. This book is a great reminder for people to " never judge a book by its cover". With the help of bob James was able to turn his life around and take advantage of his second chance. Truly an inspiring story.
Alyssa
The best part about this book was reading the process of becoming published and the reactions from society. Just as heartwarming as the first book!
Velislava
Отдавна не ми с беше случвало да прочета книга на един дъх. Безспорно това е фаворитът ми за книгата. Историята е невероятна, а още по-невероятно е че е по-истински случай. Досега не бях попадала на книга, която да описва живота на улицата, такъв какъвто е и то не къде да е, а в Лондон. Все пак историята завършва с хубав край, който ни дава надежда на всеки от нас, че в живота има от всичко по-малко.
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
Bunny
Aug 04, 2014 Bunny rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Martin
This is more of the day-to-day lives of one ordinary Londoner and his extraordinary cat...and if you're a fan of reading about cute cats doing cute cat things, there's much to enjoy here.

There's no denying that Bob the cat is the book's main selling-point, but I found myself also really rooting for his human companion: I think Bob's antics are literally half the story. After the events of the first book, it's really satisfying - and inspiring - to see James move forward in his life, despite one
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Sarah
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
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Susan
I didn't read the first book by James Bowen - 'A Street Cat named Bob' but I feel having read this I probably don't need to.

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 intere
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Vivienne
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.
Bethany Stasikova
I received this book through the goodreads "First Reads" giveaway.

This is a wonderful book for the cat or animal lover! Every page is full of stories about the ways in which James and Bob show their love for each other. The back story of this duo who helped heal each other (James is a recovering heroine addict, Bob was a street cat) is truly inspiring and is detailed, apparently, in their first book which I have not yet had the pleasure to read. This book chronicles their life together working
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Merceda
Another great book about Bob and James out and about in London. It doesn't sound like much fun to not have a steady-paying job, and to have to beg people to buy The Big Issue. But Bob helped James make friends, and brought him business. And then when he wrote the first book, and it was published, Bob was right there with him, although James was scared to death to have to sign books for a "few" people, whereas over 300 people showed up at his first signing, and the bookstore ran out of books. And ...more
Gally
My review of A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life

4/5 stars ~ Once again, James Bowen wrote a short, simply-written, but heart-warming memoir about life with his cat Bob. The difference here is we finally see light at the end of the tunnel for Bowen's drug addiction, homelessness, and days busking and working for The Big Issue on the streets.

Their tale picks up where A Street Cat Named Bob left off and proceeds until Bob and Bowen's first book signing and the impact their first book h
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Anya
Como uma assumida adoradora de gatos era-me impossível dar menos que 5 estrelas a este livro. Antes de pegar nele para o ler estava hesitante, pensei que pudesse ser mais uma história banal que não iria adicionar nada à minha vida. Mas é impossível ficar indiferente. Em 202 páginas (versão portuguesa) James conta mais alguns momentos da sua vida com Bob até começarem a ter sucesso com a publicação do primeiro livro. Sem subterfúgios nem rodeios ele fala da dificuldade que é trabalhar nas ruas, e ...more
Maria Carmo
In my opinion, deeper and even better that the first book, this "world according to Bob" (in the Portuguese title) gives a fantastic perspective of the challenges and trials of the life of a rehabilitating period with the enormous help of Bob, the intuitive cat that made James whole again. Loved it.

Maria Carmo,

Lisbon, 26th. February 2014.
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads 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 frequ
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