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The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and his Street-wise Cat

(Bob The Cat #2)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  7,036 ratings  ·  806 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
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 13th 2014 by Hodder (first published 2013)
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Anssi Mustonen There is some minor part of the books that will meantions thing about the first book but you can read first book after this it won't spoil it. After…moreThere is some minor part of the books that will meantions thing about the first book but you can read first book after this it won't spoil it. After all this is kind of sequel to that, but totally new story. This is more like what happend when first book were written.(less)
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Aunty Janet
Jul 14, 2013 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,
Mar 25, 2014 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
 Li'l Owl
Fantastic! No matter who you are, everyone can
enjoy the story about James and Bob!

As I sit here reading this book about Bob the cat, one of my cats, Duncan, sits on the bottom of my recliner happily purring while I scratch his back with my toes.
Even other cats love James and Bob! And why not!

After becoming a parent to Bob in the previous book, A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets, James now realizes that, 'Parenthood is all about anxiety whether it is
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
Jul 08, 2013 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
Sep 21, 2013 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
Sophie Crane
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals
I have enjoyed reading this book and the first book of James's and Bob's life together. I couldn't put it down as I found it very interesting. It made me sad at times and I cried and at some passages in the book I laughed out laud. Its incredible how James and Bob the ginger cat met and bonded so deeply that they saved each others lives. In the book James is talking about openly and honestly about his dark days of his past, about his drug addiction and struggle to get clean, about his ...more
Another great story about Bob!
This book made me smile. And at the end I had tears in my eyes because of the happy ending. It's an emotional and touching personal story. I've read three books about these incredible friendship between James and Bob, and I really liked it.

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
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Sharon Huether
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, memoirs
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 ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, owned
The World According to Bob is a book written by James Bowen. It was released in 2013 and it was a number one book on The Sunday Times' bestseller list. It is the second book of the Bob The Cat series.

James and his street cat Bob have been on a remarkable journey together. In the years since their story ended in the bestselling A Street Cat Named Bob James, with Bob's help, has begun to find his way back to the real world. Almost every day, Bob provides moments of intelligence, bravery and
BJ Hewitt
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book is a continuing story of how Bob the cat saved James Bowen's life and was his inspiration. This book just as good as the first one, A STREET CAT NAMED BOB. Bob is James Bowen's life saver and forever soul mate.
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
A wonderful sequel to the best seller A Streetcat Named Bob. Again, I loved hearing of the special bond Bob and his owner James have, this is no literary masterpiece but it is real, and heartwarming and a story of survival. I laughed at Bob's antics and cheered for the wins in their lives. A lovely book that I read from cover to cover. Highly recommended for a nice read, it offers some "paws" for thought....
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.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Bowen writes about his life on the streets of London with his cat, Bob.

Beautiful, and also sad, and also infuriating that people fall through the cracks and are basically abandoned by society.

Highly recommended.
Simon Baird
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book
Bernard Jan
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-story, animals, cats
As someone who was saved by my cat Marcel, which I described in my novella A World Without Color, I can say there is not a single thing I did not like about The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-wise Cat. Just as in its prequel A Street Cat Named Bob: The Amazing True Story of One Man and His Cat, Bob made me smile, laugh and cry. There were so many familiar things in his behavior I saw and recognized in Marcel. Marcel was my world and losing him was an ...more
Jul 08, 2014 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 ...more
Aug 03, 2014 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
Jul 03, 2014 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
Feb 10, 2015 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 ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing and inspiring story about a friendship between a man and a cat. :)
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a sequel to A Street Cat Named Bob. I loved both books. Bob comes into the life of James who is a drug addict, then a recovering one, and he sells The Big Issue on the streets of London. Bob and James go everywhere together giving people pleasure as they watch them interacting. The first book has given James the opportunity to get off the streets. Lovely story of faith, hope and love.
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Bob, I love James Bowen. Inspiring stories.
I am looking forward to reading the first book as well, one day. :D
Nice Romanian translation, some typos, not annoying.
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,
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 ...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 ...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

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