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A Street Cat Named Bob (original 2012; edition 2012)

by James Bowen

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Member:Carole888
Title:A Street Cat Named Bob
Authors:James Bowen
Info:Hodder & Stoughton (2012), Paperback, 320 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:London, cat, street-life, memoir, drug addiction, friendship, bookcrossed

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A Street Cat Named Bob : how one man and a cat saved each other's lives; a true story by James Bowen (2012)

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    The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Streetwise Cat by James Bowen (akblanchard)
    akblanchard: Read the first book, A Street Cat Named Bob, first.
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    The Cat Who Went to Paris by Peter Gethers (vwinsloe)
    vwinsloe: Another extremely personable cat who travels with his owner
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    Dewey, the library cat by Vicki Myron (bookel)
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    Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters (akblanchard)
    akblanchard: Two tales of the modern British underclass. "Street Cat" is uplifting, while "Stuart" is not.
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    Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat by David Dosa (Girlsmiley)
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James Bowen is a recovering heroin-addict when he takes in a homeless cat that will turn out to be his best friend and ally. Admittedly, Bowen is not a professional writer (this book is written with a ghost writer), but since he has an extremely optimistic and heartwarming story to tell, the simple style is not a problem. Bob the cat is a natural wonder and it is near impossible not to feel a lot of affection for him and his new owner. It's not high literature, but a short and very feel-good read. Bowen doesn't shy away from some of life's unpleasantnesses, so it's not cloying or all sunshine and daisies, but the overall lasting impression is one of hope. ( )
  -Eva- | Jun 5, 2016 |
Review: A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen.

This book is a wonderful story about James Bowen, who is also the author and a guitar player performing on the streets of London for money. James became involved with drugs, contacted hepatitis, was homeless, and suffered from loneliness. He is now a recovery drug addict who has been befriended by a stray cat (he named Bob) and their bond tightens as they struggle to survive.

Bob was a stray orange male cat with patches of fur missing, an abscess on one of his legs, hungry and needy. James himself was living in an old house with an elevator that didn’t work so he walked up five flights of stairs every day to his flat which only provided a microwave, and old miscellaneous pieces of furniture to call home. One day Bob just showed up sleeping in the hallway of the building. James started getting concerned when the cat was lying in the hallway day after day so he asks other neighbors if the cat was their’s and no one claimed him. So, James carried the cat home, treated his wound as best he could and fed him. James didn’t want to get attach to the cat because he was having a tough time trying to survive on his own but after a few days he took him to the vet, who recommended medication for the leg wound, plenty of cat food and some TLC. It depleted James of all the money he had but he didn’t want the cat to suffer.

After a short period of time Bob and James were inseparable. Bob would do amazing things that would surprise any animal lover. He wasn’t just any cat, he was smart, understanding, caring, and did things throughout this story that were mesmerizing. The events and adventure these two characters went through was so fulfilling and heartwarming to the very end….Everyday they went to work on the London streets together and Bob became a big hit. They spent their days working for what they needed to survive. James learned a lot from Bob and Bob taught him to think differently about life….
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
Such a heartwarming tale!! Definitely worth a read :) ( )
  GwenMcGinty | May 13, 2016 |
James Bowen’s recent bestseller is a sweet “animal and their human” tale, that should appeal to anybody who loved the books about Dewey the Library Cat. Bowen was a recovering drug addict barely making a living at busking in the high-traffic areas of London, when he crosses paths with an injured male ginger cat in the hall of his flophouse. Despite attempting to avoid making the connection, Bowen feels drawn to the cat, and takes the stay in, nursing it back to health and finding a new purpose in his own life. In describing his rewarding new relationship with this extraordinary feline, Bowen reconnects with life — leaving behind the life of a starving street musician and taking on the challenges of a licensed vendor of news magazines. He also reconnects with friends and family from his past and gets completely off of drugs. In his own works, Bob, the street cat, saves Bowen’s life. Bob has become something of an internet celebrity, following the posting of some YouTube clips of James and Bob during their street musician days. You can now follow Bob’s adventures on Twitter and Facebook, too!

Originally reviewed for my local library's website in September 2013: http://lincolnlibraries.org/bookguide/staff-recommendations/staff-recommendation... ( )
  cannellfan | Feb 27, 2016 |
Another excellent, excellent book, and not because I love cats. I chose it for light reading, nothing that would keep me up, to cheer myself up after my cataract surgery. What an eyeopener! The author is British, in his 20s, had been on drugs & in & out of the music scene; lived in a 5th floor walkup & earned his living busking (which I had to look up :-), although unspoken apparently issues with his family. Picture that now. Now move your thoughts to England - London. Now the fellow is getting help through the government, is on methadone. He gets this cat, totally accidentally as cat lovers know can happen, takes it to a clinic, gets it treated at a cost he can afford. Later has it neutered, ditto. During the course of the story, he decides he wants to be Totally drug free, so talks to the folks where he gets the methadone and they help him. At no/very little cost.
What struck me the most was the acceptance for who & what he was, by officials. Not that his life was rosy, or that people couldn't be rude/cruel, but overall, he was just another chap & if he wanted to better himself, the help was there. When he wanted to stop busking, he signed up for selling a magazine the British government publishes; people in the program must buy them (no refunds for unsold issues) & are given a territory in which to sell.
The author's point is that Bob helped him to turn his life around. And he did. But so did his country. I heartily heartily recommend this one also, cat lover or no.
PS: Bob is super. And there are more books, which I plan to check out. I am very very interested to hear what happens to James.
PPS: Check out YouTube for several videos. ( )
  JeanetteSkwor | Feb 3, 2016 |
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Street Cat Bob is an abridgement of A street cat named Bob commissioned for the Quick reads series.
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When London street musician James Bowen found an injured cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building, he had no idea how much his life was about to change.

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