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The moving, uplifting true story of an unlikely friendship between a man on the streets and the ginger cat who adopts him and helps him heal his life.


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The moving, uplifting true story of an unlikely friendship between a man on the streets and the ginger cat who adopts him and helps him heal his life.

30 review for A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Please don't think me churlish, but I will kick off by saying that this book is not terribly well crafted - it's repetitive and poorly copy edited. So, if you're snobby about writing, I suggest you give it a miss. That said, it'll be your loss, as it is a heartwarming book with an important message, for reasons other than its prose. Bowen describes how he was `invisible' when he was homeless, and the difference it made when he found Bob and took him busking with him. Suddenly people - the public Please don't think me churlish, but I will kick off by saying that this book is not terribly well crafted - it's repetitive and poorly copy edited. So, if you're snobby about writing, I suggest you give it a miss. That said, it'll be your loss, as it is a heartwarming book with an important message, for reasons other than its prose. Bowen describes how he was `invisible' when he was homeless, and the difference it made when he found Bob and took him busking with him. Suddenly people - the public - saw James, interacted with him, respected him. Having Bob humanised the man who was with him, and helped James turn his life around. It echoes why this book matters: were it entitled `A Man Named James' I strongly suspect it would be invisible too. I doubt it would be published, let alone topping the bestseller charts, with James on TV sharing his experience. As a cat lover, it was Bob that made me gravitate to the story, and I'm sure I'm not alone (he is a particularly fine feline for all sorts of reasons) but there's so much more to this than fluff: through telling us about Bob, James is also able to share what it's like living on the streets, to busk, to sell the Big Issue and to come off drugs - all things most of us would otherwise shy away from reading about. James Bowen isn't a writer, and he acknowledges at the end that he had some help in putting his story together anyway. But whilst A Streetcat Named Bob might not be great literature, it increases our understanding of people who often don't have a voice, and for that deserves its plaudits.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Looking through the reviews for this book there is a lot of hype against the writing so I won't bother writing anything about it, you'll see for yourself! I loved this book for so many reasons! Living in Britain (Probably anywhere, in fact) There is a lot of irritation and even anger towards homeless people, it's very close-minded and I think ANYONE could benefit from reading this book. You see it from a whole new perspective and I do believe Bob makes that easier. Humans seem to find it easier t Looking through the reviews for this book there is a lot of hype against the writing so I won't bother writing anything about it, you'll see for yourself! I loved this book for so many reasons! Living in Britain (Probably anywhere, in fact) There is a lot of irritation and even anger towards homeless people, it's very close-minded and I think ANYONE could benefit from reading this book. You see it from a whole new perspective and I do believe Bob makes that easier. Humans seem to find it easier to feel compassion towards animals and not our own which is why this book will catch ANY animal lovers heart. You can feel James has a connection with Bob, he makes it so evident. It's a wonderfully tale of a mans journey through, most likely, the hardest experience anyone could ever endure. Addiction isn't easy. I've been enlightened and my heart has softened considerably to 'Big issue' sellers and to those I once thought slightly lowly of before. A street cat named Bob has the ability, if you let it, to start seeing the stereotypes differently. To sum this crappy review up Cat lovers and happy-ending lovers READ THIS! Anyone who is a close-minded, 'The sun' reader you MUST read this. Bob is a baaaaabe!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sean Barrs

    The right friend, at the right time, really can change your life. - RIP Bob. “There's a famous quote I read somewhere. It says we are all given second chances every day of our lives. They are there for the taking, it's just that we don't usually take them.” And friends aren’t limited to other humans. Anyone who has had a beloved pet will know exactly what I mean. The thing about other people is that they can eventually turn on you and then vanish out of your life. Ghosting, the millennials cal The right friend, at the right time, really can change your life. - RIP Bob. “There's a famous quote I read somewhere. It says we are all given second chances every day of our lives. They are there for the taking, it's just that we don't usually take them.” And friends aren’t limited to other humans. Anyone who has had a beloved pet will know exactly what I mean. The thing about other people is that they can eventually turn on you and then vanish out of your life. Ghosting, the millennials call it. Non-human friends, on the other hand, remain loyal unto death. And here Bob becomes his human’s second chance: he changes his life. Technically and structurally speaking, this novel isn’t anything special. It’s not particularly well crafted or well written. It’s okay. It’s basic. But I’m completely willing to overlook these elements because of the power of the story. It’s a story that needed to be told because it is an important one and it’s very touching. The author is not a writer by trade, and he knows his weaknesses: he just needed a way to get his story out there. And I am very glad he did. It’s a book about second chances. It’s a book about how people can completely turn their lives around given the opportunity. It’s a book that teaches us not to judge the washed-up junkies that are so desperately looking for a small glimmer of hope to grasp hold of. It’s a book about a cat and his human. And it's beautiful. I give it the most sincere and highest of recommendations. Given our current situation, this is a story that will certainly put a smile on your face. Facebook| Twitter| Insta| Academia

  4. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Me and Sir Pelzi (a British Shorthair gentle cat) absolutely loved this book. The way Bob entered the life of James is fantastic and especially the episode with the Rottweiler made us both laugh. Cats are the finest fellows and friends. A clear recommendation to everyone!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Corey Dutson

    I actually met James and Bob a couple years ago around Covent Garden. Both of them are wonderfully brilliant characters in their own right. Back then, I recall him telling me and Theresa about a book that he was putting out, but I didn't really give it much thought. Fast-forward to a month ago, and what do I find in a bookstore but a stack of this book! I'm so happy he actually managed to get it out there for everyone to read. This is an warming, enjoyable book that is both heart-felt as well as e I actually met James and Bob a couple years ago around Covent Garden. Both of them are wonderfully brilliant characters in their own right. Back then, I recall him telling me and Theresa about a book that he was putting out, but I didn't really give it much thought. Fast-forward to a month ago, and what do I find in a bookstore but a stack of this book! I'm so happy he actually managed to get it out there for everyone to read. This is an warming, enjoyable book that is both heart-felt as well as educational. Those of us that haven't had to live on the streets don't really get a handle on just how hard a life that is. This book not only details one mans struggle to get off his feet and out of the rough life, but also about the ginger cat that gave him that push. It's not a difficult read, but I would highly recommend it to everyone. Brought a lot of smiles to my face during its reading.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This book is everything. Meet James, a heroin addict who then meets Bob, both are homeless and the most wonderful friendship grows. I never got to see James and Bob in London but they were quite the duo selling The Big Issue. I've since watched the film which is equally as good. As true stories go, this one is the cats whiskers! 2020 update - this book has sprung back into my mind having heard about the death of Bob. RIP Bob, you literally are the most famous cat in the world! Sleep well little o This book is everything. Meet James, a heroin addict who then meets Bob, both are homeless and the most wonderful friendship grows. I never got to see James and Bob in London but they were quite the duo selling The Big Issue. I've since watched the film which is equally as good. As true stories go, this one is the cats whiskers! 2020 update - this book has sprung back into my mind having heard about the death of Bob. RIP Bob, you literally are the most famous cat in the world! Sleep well little one.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    James Bowden was a homeless man living on the streets of London struggling with a drug addiction. During the day he would do busking to make a bit of money to support himself. Having spent time in hostels for the homeless, he was finally given his own flat. On returning back home one day James finds a ginger Tom cat outside his flat. It is from this day on that the pair forms a special attachment to one another. James decides to name the cat Bob, and on most days when James started out busking B James Bowden was a homeless man living on the streets of London struggling with a drug addiction. During the day he would do busking to make a bit of money to support himself. Having spent time in hostels for the homeless, he was finally given his own flat. On returning back home one day James finds a ginger Tom cat outside his flat. It is from this day on that the pair forms a special attachment to one another. James decides to name the cat Bob, and on most days when James started out busking Bob would join him. Bob would sit in the guitar case and watch as the people threw their money in the case. The friendship that James and Bob form was heartwarming to say the least. This was an emotional, touching, uplifting, but most of all very inspiring tale. Highly recommended.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Leo .

    Well I think that James and Bob are kindred spirits. I also think that they saved each others lives. I have an affinity with cats; well all life actually especially animals; I have had cats all my life. Archimedes is at home now waiting for me to come home. I watched the film about Bob and James and although it was a good film as always the book is better. What a lovely story. The stars were lined up for James when the book publisher approached him that fateful day. The rest is history. Well don Well I think that James and Bob are kindred spirits. I also think that they saved each others lives. I have an affinity with cats; well all life actually especially animals; I have had cats all my life. Archimedes is at home now waiting for me to come home. I watched the film about Bob and James and although it was a good film as always the book is better. What a lovely story. The stars were lined up for James when the book publisher approached him that fateful day. The rest is history. Well done James and Bob too, well done.🐯👍

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dem

    This is a wonderful feel good true story about a street Cat named Bob and his owner a recovering heroin addict and the streets of London. I don’t read books about animals but this sure pulled at my heart strings and made me realise everybody should experience the love of a pet at least once in their lives. This is a story of love and devotion and how sometimes we are sent little signs of help and encouragement we just have to learn how to recognise them and I am sure that James was so happy that This is a wonderful feel good true story about a street Cat named Bob and his owner a recovering heroin addict and the streets of London. I don’t read books about animals but this sure pulled at my heart strings and made me realise everybody should experience the love of a pet at least once in their lives. This is a story of love and devotion and how sometimes we are sent little signs of help and encouragement we just have to learn how to recognise them and I am sure that James was so happy that he paid attention to the cat hanging outside his apartment as his life was never the same again. This is a wonderful feel good read, it’s an inspiring story and its very simply told and yet you must keep reminding yourself "this really happened" and it’s a story about a man and his beloved cat. This book made me realise you can pass a man in the street without giving him a second glance but try passing a cute ginger cat with a man in the street and you will have eyes only for the cat If you are a cat/pet lover you will enjoy this book and it will put a smile on your face and if it doesn’t appeal to you check out youtube for " A street Cat named Bob" and fall in love with a cute kitty.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    One of the good things about this book is that the cat doesn't die. All the best stories about beloved animals end w/ the inevitable, and, while I know all sweet pets die, I'd just rather they didn't do it in their own book. Another really good thing is that Bob is a real cat. I know that because I liked his Facebook page, which is totally current, and watched some videos of him on YouTube, and even saw him and James on the Today Show. Yes, I know, if some people believe the moon landing was fak One of the good things about this book is that the cat doesn't die. All the best stories about beloved animals end w/ the inevitable, and, while I know all sweet pets die, I'd just rather they didn't do it in their own book. Another really good thing is that Bob is a real cat. I know that because I liked his Facebook page, which is totally current, and watched some videos of him on YouTube, and even saw him and James on the Today Show. Yes, I know, if some people believe the moon landing was faked, one could believe this was all photo-shopped or whatever, but I'm a believer...in moon landings AND Bob. At first, I DID think maybe this was just another A Million Little Pieces -- about a dysfunctional, depressed, drug dependent soul, who also told a good story but played pretty loose w/ the facts, and oh, by the way, had a cat...a very remarkable cat, but still. But no, it really happened and because it happened, two very sad lives got much better. Good things still seem to be happening to James and Bob, and that's another of the best things about the book. It's not soaring prose or deeply philosophical musings, it just a sweet, amazing story about a sweet man and an amazing cat, and that's the best thing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Candace

    James Bowen is a recovering drug addict living in accommodate housing in London. One day he sees a male, ginger cat in the hallway near his flat. Last thing he needs is a pet when he is living hand-to-mouth, but the two take a shine to each other. James notices the ginger tom cat is injured. He takes it to the local RSPCA for treatment. Soon the street cat, who he names Bob, is on the road to recovery. Many adventures -- both good and bad -- await this inseparable duo. This intelligent cat, who James Bowen is a recovering drug addict living in accommodate housing in London. One day he sees a male, ginger cat in the hallway near his flat. Last thing he needs is a pet when he is living hand-to-mouth, but the two take a shine to each other. James notices the ginger tom cat is injured. He takes it to the local RSPCA for treatment. Soon the street cat, who he names Bob, is on the road to recovery. Many adventures -- both good and bad -- await this inseparable duo. This intelligent cat, who saved James's life, would become famous with the locals and tourists. He can even be found on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. I'm not one for reading biographies, but I sure am glad I read about James and Bob. I definitely recommend this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Claire Martin

    Firstly, as many people have mentioned, this book is not exactly well written, but it is a true and honest account of James & Bobs life - it isn't romanticised, or dramatised, it is what it is. I hear they are making a movie, and I hope they keep this natural account without making it too Hollywood. I have however given it a 4* just for the happy story that it is. A story about true companionship, and not only that, but how unique Bob is himself. I have had cats all my life, and I am pretty sure Firstly, as many people have mentioned, this book is not exactly well written, but it is a true and honest account of James & Bobs life - it isn't romanticised, or dramatised, it is what it is. I hear they are making a movie, and I hope they keep this natural account without making it too Hollywood. I have however given it a 4* just for the happy story that it is. A story about true companionship, and not only that, but how unique Bob is himself. I have had cats all my life, and I am pretty sure none of them would sit with me on the bus, in the street or anywhere other than when they are in a safe haven of home. This truly is a unique connection and friendship. It is a story about how love and friendship in whatever form can turn a person (or cats) life around. Bob gave James purpose, and helped him to kick a 10 year habit that he had merely teetered on giving up for good. The most heart warming part being James's 48hrs "cold turkey" from methadone, with Bob comforting him at the worst point - licking his face and letting him know he is there* The story is obviously about James as much as Bob, his story and how Bob changed the ending to his story. And for once a happy story! By the end you will be on YouTube looking for videos of Bob! * I thought I would point out for anyone concerned, James is never using while Bob is in his care, he is already on a recovery programme, he is just stuck in the system, never completing the programme but instead continuing his reliance on methadone. At no point are there any concerns for Bobs welfare, he is very happy where he is!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Sweet tale, not too exciting but a nice read. And a true story which makes things more interesting. And I love cats so...... Ha!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Lyon

    I must admit I was torn before I read this book. I mean, I'm moggy obsessed, but also word mad, and had read a few reviews commenting on how poorly written this book is. Now I've finished it, I can quite safely say: some people are stupid. This isn't meant to be a challenging read or a work of great literature. its a true, from-the-heart story about one man and his mog. I actually thought the simple narrative made it really easy to see what James thought of Bob - his excitable use of language wh I must admit I was torn before I read this book. I mean, I'm moggy obsessed, but also word mad, and had read a few reviews commenting on how poorly written this book is. Now I've finished it, I can quite safely say: some people are stupid. This isn't meant to be a challenging read or a work of great literature. its a true, from-the-heart story about one man and his mog. I actually thought the simple narrative made it really easy to see what James thought of Bob - his excitable use of language when it came to Bob was heartwarming. Reading this book really restores your faith in humanity - that people are good, thoughtful and kind. It also struck a chord with me as I have had a 'challenging' time before I found my own 'Bob'. Well, he found me... of course.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hil

    I thought this book would be a heartwarming story of an interesting cat living through some tough times on the street, that would probably make me cry and probably end in the cat's death. In fact, the cat does not die by the end (which is a good thing!) and the cat is kind of incidental to the story, not the star. What we have here is a self-pitying tale of woe by a semi-homeless junkie who happens upon Bob the Cat outside his flat and they start hanging out together as he goes about his day to I thought this book would be a heartwarming story of an interesting cat living through some tough times on the street, that would probably make me cry and probably end in the cat's death. In fact, the cat does not die by the end (which is a good thing!) and the cat is kind of incidental to the story, not the star. What we have here is a self-pitying tale of woe by a semi-homeless junkie who happens upon Bob the Cat outside his flat and they start hanging out together as he goes about his day to day life of busking, methadone and feeling like the world is against him and he never had a break. It seems to me like he threw away so many breaks and got himself into his mess that I had very little sympathy for him, and his judgements about 'chuggers' and 'Staffordshire Terrier owners' were pretty irritating too. Not enough cat and too much twat.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Yousra Serry

    "I've come to believe in the power of animals. I believe they can heal, teach, and push us to be better people" - Neil Abramson from his book unsaid This quote sums up this book pretty well. James Bowen writes with great honesty and describes the life on the streets really well. I learned a lot from this book. About animals, people, London! He touched me and I felt really connected to him that at the end of the book I was actually PROUD of him for getting there and not giving up. About bob.. I had "I've come to believe in the power of animals. I believe they can heal, teach, and push us to be better people" - Neil Abramson from his book unsaid This quote sums up this book pretty well. James Bowen writes with great honesty and describes the life on the streets really well. I learned a lot from this book. About animals, people, London! He touched me and I felt really connected to him that at the end of the book I was actually PROUD of him for getting there and not giving up. About bob.. I had to fight the crazy urge to squeeze the book whenever my eyes fell on the ohmygodidsqueezehimtodeath cover. Being the crazy cat lady I am, I fell in love with every single detail about Bob. He actually reminded me a lot of my cat which obviously added to his ADORABLE points. The only thing that kinda got me a little depressed was James saying that before he had Bob he felt invisible but as soon as he got him people started noticing them everywhere and were much more friendly. I don't even know why I'm mentioning this, the author himself described it as a positive thing, but I just couldn't help feeling bad that some people would show kindness ONLY to animals, and not other people. (Tho it's so realistic, tbh!) Anyway, the book was really good and hopeful and I'd def recommend it to everyone.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Martin Belcher

    James Bowen was a homeless man living on the streets of London, addicted to drugs and in a bad way, eventually after spending time in homeless hostels he was given his own flat in sheltered accommodation block in North London. One day in 2007 a chance meeting with a ginger Tom cat that James decided to call "Bob" would change and turnaround his life. This is a charming, lovely, heart-warming true story of young man busking in central London along with his new companion the street cat Bob. They s James Bowen was a homeless man living on the streets of London, addicted to drugs and in a bad way, eventually after spending time in homeless hostels he was given his own flat in sheltered accommodation block in North London. One day in 2007 a chance meeting with a ginger Tom cat that James decided to call "Bob" would change and turnaround his life. This is a charming, lovely, heart-warming true story of young man busking in central London along with his new companion the street cat Bob. They share a past filled with problems but together they rebuild each others lives through adventures and some scrapes. I can't recommend this book more highly, it made me smile and brought a tear to my eye and has forever changed my view of homeless people. Wonderful, please give it a try!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Li'l Owl

    If you're a cat lover, dog lover, or animal lover, this story brings home how much an animal baby can make life sweeter and more fulfilling. It takes a non negotiable, selfless commitment to care for an animal, and it's not for everyone. In James's case, it took something special for him to bring Bob into his life and to take full responsibility for him. In the end, he got more unconditional love in return then he could ever have possibly imagined. This book is a true to life, wonderfully heartwa If you're a cat lover, dog lover, or animal lover, this story brings home how much an animal baby can make life sweeter and more fulfilling. It takes a non negotiable, selfless commitment to care for an animal, and it's not for everyone. In James's case, it took something special for him to bring Bob into his life and to take full responsibility for him. In the end, he got more unconditional love in return then he could ever have possibly imagined. This book is a true to life, wonderfully heartwarming, and an incredibly uplifting story that everyone can enjoy, no matter who you are. I fell in love with James and Bob! And I think you will too!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Holliekins

    As a huge cat lover, it will come as no surprise that the most inspirational and affecting book I have read so far this year is A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen. I first heard of James and Bob via their Twitter feed and couldn't wait to read their story, although I did have to wait as my local Waterstones had sold out within a few days of it being released! James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London when he first met the injured ginger cat. He nursed him back to health and when As a huge cat lover, it will come as no surprise that the most inspirational and affecting book I have read so far this year is A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen. I first heard of James and Bob via their Twitter feed and couldn't wait to read their story, although I did have to wait as my local Waterstones had sold out within a few days of it being released! James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London when he first met the injured ginger cat. He nursed him back to health and when he was fully fit again, he tried to encourage him to go back on the streets believing him to be a stray. Bob refused and was soon following James onto the bus and across London to James' job busking in Covent Garden. Since then the pair have been insperable and the best of friends and have appeared in newspapers and magazines and on news programmes across the globe. I have read many stories about cats, but this is by far by favourite. Not only is Bob lovable, clever and a bit fiesty, James comes across as an incredibly warm and clever man, with a real knowledge about cats and the perfect owner for Bob. Their story is funny, emotional and uplifting and reminds you that all you need is a best friend to help you get through life. There are some great pieces of information about cats and I was also surprised to learn exactly how the Big Issue works, something that I didn't quite understand before. Although there are some horrible tales of some unkind and ignorant Londoners, the lengths of other people's kindness towards James and Bob really restores your faith in human nature and the work of the RSPCA and the Blue Cross is fantastic. I have a feeling I shall be buying this as a present for my cat fan friends a lot this year and I find myself recommending it to anyone who will listen. Please do read this book, you will not be disappionted!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Beaumont

    I loved this heartwarming, uplifting, sometimes very funny, true story about James, a recovering drug addict, and the ailing ginger tomcat he finds, nurses back to health, and adopts as his own. In return, this cat named Bob gives James his total devotion and even saves his life. This is a delightful, feel-good read that any cat lover or animal lover will enjoy. I saw an iPhone video of James and Bob on YouTube, and you can tell that Bob is not only very handsome, but also an unusually intellige I loved this heartwarming, uplifting, sometimes very funny, true story about James, a recovering drug addict, and the ailing ginger tomcat he finds, nurses back to health, and adopts as his own. In return, this cat named Bob gives James his total devotion and even saves his life. This is a delightful, feel-good read that any cat lover or animal lover will enjoy. I saw an iPhone video of James and Bob on YouTube, and you can tell that Bob is not only very handsome, but also an unusually intelligent cat with a lot of personality.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    This is an amazing book about a man and his cat. It is also a book about hope, friendship and getting another chance. It is a very uplifting book that takes you from the rough streets to the inconditional love of an animal, the true love of a friend. Here Bob and James met and the bonds of a life long friendship forms. You also learn of James fight to become a better person and get over his [SPOILER] previous drug addiction that put him on the streets.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Furniss

    As a cat lover and owner of exactly the same breed of cat as Bob when my friend in my Book club told me about this book I had to read it!. This story is about James Bowen a recovering drug addict living in sheltered accommodation in London and making small amounts of money to survive the best way he can eg.busking and selling the Big Issue. James one day returns home to find a ginger tom cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation. James could not resist helping the cat he named Bo As a cat lover and owner of exactly the same breed of cat as Bob when my friend in my Book club told me about this book I had to read it!. This story is about James Bowen a recovering drug addict living in sheltered accommodation in London and making small amounts of money to survive the best way he can eg.busking and selling the Big Issue. James one day returns home to find a ginger tom cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation. James could not resist helping the cat he named Bob. He nursed him and tried to send him on his way but Bob was having none of it and had other ideas!. Very soon Bob and James are an inseparable duo on the streets as James works and Bob sits at his feet attracting much attention from the public. James can only just survive on the meagre amount of money he already makes so a decision to be a full time pet owner is not one he takes lightly. Both James and Bob have troubled pasts but together they form a firm companionship and bond. Life is not easy though for them both though, they face many obstacles and struggles but they have the love of each other and manage to overcome everything thrown at them. This whole story was amazing I could not put the book down. People do not give cats credit for how clever they are and I know from growing up with cats and having one now they are very clever!. I could relate to the many things that Bob did that amazed James, just how your cat communicates with you in ways you know as the owner. I also learnt a lot in this book about the harsh streets, drugs, veterinary care and how nice people can be as well as horrible really. These two where kindred spirits destined to meet each other and for doing so both of their lives have dramatically changed for the better (without giving too much away!). A few times reading this book I was choked with emotion and tearful and many more times I smiled whilst reading and kept reading out passages out to my husband (who would roll his eyes at my enthusiasm!). I am really sad to leave James and Bobs life now but 'Oh wait! Bob has his own twitter account now'!Lol! If you are a animal lover and/or cat owner and you are to read one book this year- YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!. And now from their new found stardom life can only improve financially for the duo and they wholeheartedly deserve it all enjoy James and Bob.!!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    The book touched me deeply. I laughed, cried and again laughed. They do not believe in fate, if she appears before you in the guise of a mind-blowing red cat? When you have ceased to believe in a bright future, hand themselves down suddenly in the darkness, like a beam of light, you see a pair of cunning eyes. Few people indifferent story about the life of Bob the cat and his master. Thanks to him I became more attentive to everything around him, especially to the "invisible" on the streets of t The book touched me deeply. I laughed, cried and again laughed. They do not believe in fate, if she appears before you in the guise of a mind-blowing red cat? When you have ceased to believe in a bright future, hand themselves down suddenly in the darkness, like a beam of light, you see a pair of cunning eyes. Few people indifferent story about the life of Bob the cat and his master. Thanks to him I became more attentive to everything around him, especially to the "invisible" on the streets of their city. The book teaches us to believe in spite of everything in the victory over your weaknesses, friendship and human kindness.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I have to admit I am totally late to the Bob party. The first I knew about him and James was whilst doing my weekly shop when I came across this book which just jumped out at me and straight away I knew I had to read it, especially after reading the description. The friendship between James and Bob is just the most heart warming relationship I think I’ve ever come across. Even though it’s James that finds Bob and takes him in, I think it’s more the other way round. It’s like Bob is James’ guardia I have to admit I am totally late to the Bob party. The first I knew about him and James was whilst doing my weekly shop when I came across this book which just jumped out at me and straight away I knew I had to read it, especially after reading the description. The friendship between James and Bob is just the most heart warming relationship I think I’ve ever come across. Even though it’s James that finds Bob and takes him in, I think it’s more the other way round. It’s like Bob is James’ guardian angel. James is brutally honest about his past and his drug addiction. Meeting Bob gives him something to focus on. It’s like Bob is his child and he knows he needs to sort himself out so that he can keep a roof over their heads and put food on the table. James talks us through trying to come off drugs as well as his busking and working for the Big Issue. I have to admit I don’t think I will look at another busker or Big Issue seller through the same eyes after reading this book. It certainly opened my eyes to why some people are doing what they are doing and I certainly didn’t realise that there was so much more to selling the Big Issue and how it gives people some valuable life and work skills. Also life on the streets is extremely volatile. They are up against some really awful people that just don’t understand why they are doing what they are doing and are sometimes targeted as well as jealous individuals that are in the same position and try to screw things up. Yet on the other hand we get to see just how many amazing people there are out there that are compassionate. You don’t have to be a cat lover to appreciate the devotion that James and Bob have for each other. It’s almost like they are soul mates. Some people will go through this life and never have the relationship that these two have. I’m pretty certain that everyone would love a Bob in their life. One of the most inspirational books about life, addiction, relationships and that amazing bond between a man and an animal. Fabulous read and one I will be shouting about for a long time to come.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dorcas

    Oh my. This is a book that deserves every one of its five stars. The title basically says it all. It's about a former drug user whose life is on the rebound and is adopted by a stray sickly ginger kitten. After many attempts to locate the cat's owner, James adopts "Bob" and they become inseparable; first as a feline sidekick while James 'busked' for spare change and later to his selling "the Big Issue" (a magazine published to help people get back on their feet and into the working world again wh Oh my. This is a book that deserves every one of its five stars. The title basically says it all. It's about a former drug user whose life is on the rebound and is adopted by a stray sickly ginger kitten. After many attempts to locate the cat's owner, James adopts "Bob" and they become inseparable; first as a feline sidekick while James 'busked' for spare change and later to his selling "the Big Issue" (a magazine published to help people get back on their feet and into the working world again while rehabilitating). The story is heartfelt, warm and pure feel good. Such a remarkable cat, full of personality and cleverness. How many cats do you know get on the bus, find their way home and use the toilet? I absolutely loved it. The one thing I would have to wish different is the profanity. I understand that it was written plain, 'just say it like it is'. And that is part of its appeal. It's almost as though the author is sitting in the living room and telling us a story. Warts and all. That's fine! But I do think it could have been cleaned up a bit so younger audiences could enjoy it too. You know, just bleep it. "And he said, *bleeeeeep* or *blankety blank*. Or how about, "He jumped up and down, cussing all the while". We get the point.And no one is offended. It's really not that difficult. All things considered though, I truly did love this story. Well done, James for getting your life back on track!! And well done, Bob for helping him :) CONTENT: SEX: None VIOLENCE: None PROFANITY: Moderate DRUG USE: mentioned, explained and overcome MY RATING: PG-13 (for language and drug mention) *UPDATE* I just learned that there's a YA version where the language has been cleaned up and photos added. It's called "Bob, No Ordinary Cat".

  26. 4 out of 5

    Megan Graff

    A year 6 student mentioned this book when I asked what he had read recently and enjoyed. A couple days later he brought it in for me to read. I picked it up last night expecting to read for 30 minutes or so before bed but I ended up staying up until I finished it. It isn't very well written but it is extremely heart warming to read about the relationship that develops between James (a recovering heroin junkie) and Bob the street cat who befriends him. Today when I told the student that I finishe A year 6 student mentioned this book when I asked what he had read recently and enjoyed. A couple days later he brought it in for me to read. I picked it up last night expecting to read for 30 minutes or so before bed but I ended up staying up until I finished it. It isn't very well written but it is extremely heart warming to read about the relationship that develops between James (a recovering heroin junkie) and Bob the street cat who befriends him. Today when I told the student that I finished the book he asked me if I thought it was appropriate for year 6 students. He didn't think it was because it talks about heroin. I suggested that some parents might not want their children reading about drug use but that at the same time, James talks about how he ended up on drugs and perhaps that might help some kids not end up going down the same path. It's nice to be working with students who are reading books I like to read - instead of just the Rainbow Fairies, Magic Tree House and Beast Quest type of series preferred by younger students (and my students in Tanzania who were all ESL and so were reading below a native English speakers grade level).

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    A lovely book. It's an emotional and touching personal story of a recovering drug addict getting his life back together, but there are also moments of humour, and I learned a lot too from the interesting insights into life on the streets and how the Big Issue works. This is a well told story with some beautifully painted moments that made me feel like I was there - the description was so vivid that my heart pounded in the dramatic passages and I cried in the emotional bits. Some other reviewers A lovely book. It's an emotional and touching personal story of a recovering drug addict getting his life back together, but there are also moments of humour, and I learned a lot too from the interesting insights into life on the streets and how the Big Issue works. This is a well told story with some beautifully painted moments that made me feel like I was there - the description was so vivid that my heart pounded in the dramatic passages and I cried in the emotional bits. Some other reviewers have been a bit snooty about the writing style - don't let them persuade you that this is not a well written book. It is. It's not 'challenging' to read, by any means, but there is a place in the world for accessible story-telling as well as Joyce and Proust, and writing like this is a skill as much as any other. The only thing I would change about this book is that I didn't want it to end.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Inge

    This was a lovely read. Bob is such a character, reminds me of my Floof. 💛

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Fagg

    This is a fabulous book; uplifting, fresh, thoughtful and honest. Not every writer has a story to tell worth reading and not every book worth reading is written by a 'writer'. James' story makes for good reading and his style of writing invites the reader to sit down beside him and Bob and listen to what he has to say. There is a lot of living depicted in these pages - a life that is at times perhaps, like yours or mine. At other times James' life is almost unfathomable, almost unrecognisable This is a fabulous book; uplifting, fresh, thoughtful and honest. Not every writer has a story to tell worth reading and not every book worth reading is written by a 'writer'. James' story makes for good reading and his style of writing invites the reader to sit down beside him and Bob and listen to what he has to say. There is a lot of living depicted in these pages - a life that is at times perhaps, like yours or mine. At other times James' life is almost unfathomable, almost unrecognisable as one being lived out in 21st century London. Congratulations to you, James, for coming this far and thank you for writing this book! My two cats, Robby and Sofia, wanted me to extend their best wishes to Bob. :)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    I enjoyed this book very much. It's basically a love story about a man and the cat who he credits with saving his life. James had been living on the streets of London trying to get his life together after being an addict for many years. After he met a stray cat, he became close to him and named him Bob. Jame's life improved when he had the responsibility of taking care of Bob. This memoir has now become a film and I'm looking forward to seeing it! It also strengthened my resolve to adopt a pet, b I enjoyed this book very much. It's basically a love story about a man and the cat who he credits with saving his life. James had been living on the streets of London trying to get his life together after being an addict for many years. After he met a stray cat, he became close to him and named him Bob. Jame's life improved when he had the responsibility of taking care of Bob. This memoir has now become a film and I'm looking forward to seeing it! It also strengthened my resolve to adopt a pet, but I'm more of a dog person. The benefits that come with owning a pet are the same whether you choose a dog or a cat. I recommend this book highly!

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