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A Street Cat Named Bob [Kindle Edition]

James Bowen
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (827 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet.

Yet James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other's troubled pasts.

A Street Cat Named Bob is a moving and uplifting story that will touch the heart of anyone who reads it.

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From Booklist

*Starred Review* Books abound on the subject of how a dog or a cat can rehabilitate a person’s life, but this account of such an event is stellar. Only a heart of stone will not be moved—even to tears—in bearing witness to the love of a London street musician for the gorgeous ginger tomcat he found one day in his apartment building hallway. The cat, soon called Bob, was injured, so Bowen took him in but planned to nurse him only for a short while. After all, so Bowen’s reasoning went, he had very little surplus money to feed another mouth, and Bob, a “man” of the streets, would undoubtedly soon tire of domesticity and one day run away to hit the streets again. But that never happened. Bowen was a recovering addict and was himself recently just off the streets, and he soon established an intensely simpatico relationship with Bob. He fixed Bob up—and fixed Bob—and took him with him every day as he played guitar at the usual corner spots he’d claimed for himself. Bob became an instant attraction, and the result was increased income for Bowen as more money was tossed into his guitar case. This is a beautiful, never maudlin story of second chances for both man and beast and a poignant testimony to how much caring for someone—or some feline—can give you renewed direction when you’re down and out. Understandably, this was a best-seller when first published in Great Britain. --Brad Hooper


"Stellar...A beautiful, never maudlin story of second chances for both man and beast and a poignant testimony to how much caring for someone -- or some feline -- can give you renewed direction where you're down and out. Understandably, this was a best-seller in England."
--Booklist (starred)

"A rich, moving story of the link between a street-wise cat and a man who earns his living on the streets—perfect for cat lovers."

“Move over, Marley. A stray cat from north London could be heading for the lap of luxury as the cinema’s next box office pet sensation.”

--The Times (UK)


“A simple, sweet and ridiculously heartwarming story.”

--The Huffington Post


"A book with the strong ingredients that made Marley and Me and Dewey big successes…A warm and poignant memoir."

—The Guardian (UK)


A Street Cat Named Bob has sold over 350,000 copies in the UK, and has been published in 25 languages.”

--The Independent (UK)


"An instantly bestselling memoir that, besides its heartwarming tale of their friendship, offers an insight into the injustice of life on the streets."

—The Times (UK)

"Fans . . . queued around the block at James and Bob's first signing. The purrfectly behaved Bob signed an impressive 180 books in just two hours."
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Product Details

  • File Size: 675 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00BQKU1AC
  • Publisher: Hodder (March 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444737090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444737097
  • ASIN: B007704HO6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,968 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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112 of 115 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Don't recall where I saw the book cover early this morning, but I fell in love with Bob's picture and bought the Kindle edition. Downloaded it, got sucked in reading the first few pages and didn't put it down until I'd finished reading it a few hours later.

I laughed out loud and had tears running down my cheeks as I read their very touching and heart-warming story ... and I hated that the book had to end.

Thanks for sharing your stories with us, James and Bob!

All the best.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel Good Story of Redemption March 17, 2012
By Lynnibo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the best read I have had in a long time. First heard about it on TV, where they interviewed the author. It is based on a true story and I would love to see it as a movie. I had a ginger tom who died at the age of 13. He was so sweet a companion but he never did the amazing stuff this cat did. It is as though this cat was sent by God or an angel, to help this man find a sense of guidance and purpose, thus changing his life. It reveals so much about others and how they perceive the homeless and down-on-their-luck. It does much to reinforce my belief that animals are put here to make us better people, so we should be their guardians and protectors in return. Awesome book.
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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob is every cats hero March 16, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having 3 adopted cats at the present time and 2 others in the past, I enjoyed the book extremely. It was a fast read and brought back some memories of my other cats. Cats are perfect companions for someone going through difficult times and bring wonder to their owner(s). Loved it. My Three Cats and I are living to the max here in Kentucky. Got a note from my neighbor about "Bob" and I immediately previewed it on Amazon and read it on my Kindle.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Praise to James Bowen and Bob! I think Mr. Bowen and his editor did a fabulous job with the narrative of this book and in conveying the journey he and Bob have made together from drug addiction and living rough on the streets to a more stable and responsible existence. This book is a fine example of the healing powers of animals in giving someone without much hope something to live and strive for; to be a better person. As the quote goes, "My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog (in this case, cat) already thinks I am", so does Mr. Bowen try to become that person and succeeds very nicely. The prose is very down to earth and straight-forward and Mr. Bowen does not allow himself to be a victim and takes full responsibility for the actions which landed him on the streets. I love the theme of second chances in this book and that you've got to be able to recognize and act upon them. And obviously Bob is one uncommon cat as I've found ginger tabbies so often are, and very attached to his person, James. I hope this book changes both their lives for the better and may they have nothing but health and prosperity from this point forward.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read March 15, 2012
By Binkz85
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book after seeing a short about Bob on Icanhazcheesburger. Whilst not a hard read, the book grabbed you and I couldn't put it down.

The honesty and emotion in this book was really refreshing, I enjoyed every minute of it.

Best of luck to James and Bob! I hopefully I will see you in my travels.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a must read! April 4, 2012
By Debozzy
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I just finished reading the very last paragraph of the book and I am sitting here crying like a baby! What a wonderful story of hope, friendship, life and love. I would recommend this book to anyone. Cat lover or not. It will move you and make you think.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great great GREAT READ April 7, 2012
one of the best books ive read in years and its all true as well i live in london england never seen bob and james wished i had i saw them on t.v. one day just after the book came out went stright out and bought myself a copy hardback read it in four days if any book should be made into a FILM this is the one i hope someone from hollywood is reading this or one of the other reviews p.s look up bob and james on youtube lots of info and great videos this is my first review on U.S.A ALL THE OTHERS ARE ON AMAZON .CO.UK JUST HAD TO TELL THE U.S.A WHAT A GREAT BOOK THIS IS BUY IT AND RECCOMEND IT TO EVERYONE i have now meet james and his lovely cat BOB (24.04.2012) while i was shopping in NEAL STREET LONDON got my book signed by both so nice is james to talk too HE WAS BUSKING WITH HIS GUITAR
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very touching story March 19, 2012
By L. Chen
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I just absolutely love this story and become a fan of Bob. I'm so emotionally touched by the way they bond together, the love they have for each other, and the faith they take in... It's just brilliantly amazing!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A reason to . . .
James Bowen is a recovering drug addict and street musician in need of a friend and a good reason to improve his life; Bob is a stray cat in need of a friend – a match made in... Read more
Published 2 days ago by joe aubuchon
5.0 out of 5 stars Get out your Kleenex!
The story of Bob is enchanting! The author writes straight from the heart! The reader is immediately drawn to the author and his stray cat and you'll want to know more (and there... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Louise D. Somes
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Very touching story of how an animal can interact with a human to the point of improving and perhaps even saving a life.
Published 7 days ago by Lynette J. Roby
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible story about an amazing cat and street musician that...
‘A Street Cat Named Bob’ written by James Bowen is the actual story of two unusual destinies, human and animal, which got interwoven in an unusual way to help each other and... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Denis Vukosav
5.0 out of 5 stars A warm and fuzzy book.
What a sweet, inspiring piece of literature! I enjoyed every minute of my read. Bob would make anyone fall in love with cats. I look forward to James Bowen's sequel.
Published 9 days ago by Joanne Amons
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, not just for cat lovers
'A Street Cat Named Bob' is an excellent book, in which James shares the story of his unusual friendship with Bob the cat, and friendship is in fact the central issue in this book. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Mary Zurakowska
5.0 out of 5 stars A STREET CAT NAMED BOB
I LOVED this book and am looking forward to the sequel. Nice sensitive guy and an unbelievably super cat. Terrific.
Published 11 days ago by Polly Mcfarland
3.0 out of 5 stars First couple of chapters are fun.
Even if you love cats, it's hard to believe your whole life would be centered on a cat. The book gets too repetitive and boring after a while. I just couldn't finish it.
Published 12 days ago by Joycesheff
5.0 out of 5 stars A Heart Warming and Personal Story
I really enjoyed this book and was touched by the honesty and struggle of James Bowen and how he transformed his life. Read more
Published 13 days ago by lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars cute book.
but I was surprised by how many people turned it into a best seller. that kinda was astonishing to know it was a huge best seller. but it was cute.
Published 14 days ago by Researched
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