A Street Cat Named Bob

A Street Cat Named Bob

And How He Saved My Life

Large Print - 2013
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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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410462305
Branch Call Number: L.P. 636.8009 Bow
Characteristics: 323 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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Nov 12, 2020


I hadn’t heard about this international rock star, Bob, until I happened to see Jackson Galaxy mention him on his Facebook page & say that he had died- 6 weeks ago. The overwhelming outpouring of sadness, love & condolences for James from all over the world was amazing. I had to research just who Bob was. So glad I did. Such an amazing cat and a touching story of their special bond. I loved the book & couldn’t put it down. It made me laugh & cry. I am now reading THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BOB. I think he also penned a few children's books. Everyone loved Bob. You will too. ❤️=^..^=

Jun 23, 2019

I absolutely LOVED this book and I found myself laughing, smiling and even flipping through the pages a few times during certain tense moments. I am a cat lover and although I don't have one myself I am envious of James that he found such a wonderful friend. I love that he refers to Bob as his soulmate and I love how protective they are of each other. This book is written in such vivid detail that I had a mental picture of what the tube stations where James and Bob went to work to earn a living and their home at their flat in London probably looked like. I learned so much about cats and their behaviors that I wasn't aware of before during the course of this book, which was a nice touch. I also have a bit more sympathy and understanding for homeless people, although I still feel a bit weary of them when I encounter them on the streets of Seattle. It's amazing how James was able to turn his life around completely thanks to Bob, a cat that came into his life unexpectedly. I really, really enjoyed this book and am enjoying the sequel as well, so I would highly recommend both books. By the way, I found some wonderful videos of James and Bob on James' Goodreads page and there are some videos on YouTube that are worth checking out. Seeing those after reading this wonderful book really brings the pages to life. I know I'll probably never get to meet James or Bob but I'm really happy for both of them that they have gained such fame and have much better lives now that they have met and become best friends. Read this book, even if you don't like cats... You'll be glad that you did.

BirdFinder Jan 24, 2019

Fun read. Very inspiring.

Jan 02, 2019

I have not read the book, however I did recently see the 2017 film, A Street Cat Named Bob, based upon the author's experience with Bob the cat.
Lovely done and the extras are a treat, as they interview the real author and we also find out that the cat in the movie is the real Bob, playing himself!

Jan 01, 2019

A very nice, truthful book - gives insight into a street person's life in London. All James tells in there is exactly what I experience myself in Vancouver, Canada. I am a senior, I find joy in my old age by feeding pigeons in public. Thus I am exposed to the public, same as James is, and all he tells corresponds with my own experience. Our PM here says in his autobiographical book "Common Ground" that "everyone is entitled to their own opinion." This means that we should respect each other, but in general people don't do that - many people want to push their own views on others, but they refuse to take others' "advice." James tells in this book that there are one percent of people who will make life difficult for others by aggressively pushing their own ideas on them. This is the reason for religious or racial or cultural intolerance we see all over the world. These kind of people exist in London as well as here in Vancouver. They ruin my joy of the day of feeding my lovely friends the pigeons. Some people bless me for doing this, but others can't resist their urge to lecture me with dumb ideas of theirs. Last time, yesterday, a "home grown" couple with 2 dogs went out of their way to come to me, while abt 5 pigeons were sitting on my two arms, eating peanuts from my hand, and this couple told me not to feed pigeons, bec. they are "wild animals." The 5 pigeons were eating from my hand right in front of their eyes, and they told me they were "wild." I told them: "don't feed your dogs" - because pigeons are "home animals." These dummy people don't know that I have 8 years experience feeding pigeons; when young I lived in a farmhouse, and we had pigeons nesting in the attic, and I saw each day their flock flying up high and they brought life into our world. OK, so, I wonder how world peace will be realized when people want to shape individually the whole world according to their own limited, personal ideas. Read James' nice book here, and get a truthful picture of the crowd, and have compassion on the street people.

Dec 13, 2018

I love stories about people who change their lives for the better; and preferable if it is an animal (other than humans) involved; and, even more valuable if the animal is a cat. This book is encouraging on the whole. Bob, the amazing cat, recovers from his illness with Bowen’s help, and Bowen recovers from his addictions with Bob’s help.

Mar 01, 2018

This is the loveliest, most touching, humane story I remember ever have read, and it's a true story. How come there are 30 holds for it in the Vancouver Public Library and none in Burnaby? I absolutely love this series, and in VPL there are half a dozen titles of this series of man-cat friendship and love. In BPL there is only this one title. The movie is good too, but not as good as the books. Lovely, refreshing story - I love cats even more since I read them, and if you just look at the admirably attractive face of this boy cat on the title page, one cannot resist its charismatic looks. On Youtube you can find live videos on this exceptional "street cat named Bob," and his companion and soul mate, James, in London and in other parts of the world, because by now they are world famous.

Mar 01, 2018

An absolutely lovely read about the friendship and adventures of a man-cat duo in London,UK.

Dec 29, 2017

Heartwarming and inspiring without being overly sentimental. Provides an eye-opening perspective of what it's like to be homeless in London.

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May 31, 2017

"Seeing me with my cat softened me in their eyes. It humanised me. Especially after I'd been so dehumanised. In some ways it was giving me back my identity. I had been a non-person; I was becoming a person again." (pg. 91)


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