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A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets Hardcover – March 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444737090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444737097
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (932 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*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 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

Review

[Bob] has entranced London like no feline since the days of Dick Whittington. Evening Standard heartwarming tale Islington Tribune It was only a matter of time before a rubber stamp was used to autograph a book - but in Bob's case, we'll let him off. For Bob is the famous ginger moggy belonging to one-homeless busking Big Issue seller James Bowen, whose A STREET CAT NAMED BOB hit bookshop shelves last week. Fans, some bearing feline treats, queued around the block at James and Bob's first signing at the Islington branch of Waterstones last week. The purrfectly behaved Bob signed an impressive 180 books in just two hours. You gotta be kitten me. Bookseller a heartwarming tale with a message of hope Daily Mail an instantly bestselling memoir that, beside its heart-warming tale of their friendship, offers an insight into the injustice of life on the streets that's by turns frustrating and life-affirming. The Times This is a revealing glimpse of London's underbelly and the resourcefulness needed to survive it. But mostly it's a love story that will make your heart purr Daily Mail I recently read a book that reminded me how amazing having a cat can be. A Street Cat Named Bob is the story of a homeless guy and his cat, Bob... It's a true story and ideal for anyone like me who's a bit mad when it comes to felines Glamour The story of how Bob, the ginger cat, and James, the Covent Garden busker, transformed each other's lives has become a phenomenon: a feline urban fable. Throughout James' tale - their shared need for emotional and physical warmth; the hairy highs and lows on the streets; the growing global love for this one man and his super-loyal cat - his deep, grateful fondness for Bob shines out. Sainsbury's Magazine

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I could not put down the book, until I finished reading it.
Ines
I would highly recommend the book if you are in the mood for an easy read and uplifting story.
Larry Scott
This was a very interesting story about James Bowen and his cat, Bob.
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121 of 124 people found the following review helpful By TwoBigCats on March 17, 2012
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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.
hal
TwoBigCats
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Lynnibo on March 17, 2012
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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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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Tallulah on April 3, 2012
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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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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Carol A Steinwehe on March 16, 2012
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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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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Binkz85 on March 15, 2012
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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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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Debozzy on April 4, 2012
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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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Nicholas R. Muller on April 7, 2012
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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 amazon.com 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 By L. Chen on March 19, 2012
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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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