A Street Cat Named Bob

A Street Cat Named Bob

And How He Saved My Life

Book - 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: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2013
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250029461
Branch Call Number: 921 Bowen
Characteristics: viii, 279 pages ; 22 cm


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Subtitled: "And How He Saved My Life." James Bowen, a London street musician (and recovering addict), finds an injured ginger tom. His kindness in saving the stray is repaid many times over when Bob becomes his stalwart companion and draws more people to James' music. A heartwarming bes... Read More »

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May 31, 2017

I watched the "A Street Cat Named Bob" film on Netflix before realizing there was a published book about James Bowen and Bob the Cat. So I had to read this book because I enjoyed the movie. It was a good read about a recovering drug addict whose life turned around and the cat was a big factor with his recovery of being clean. Here's a favorite line of mine from the book: "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)

Aug 24, 2016

Really widens one's perspective on street people. Not wonderful writing style but personable and good enough to hold your interest well. Leaves you feeling inspired and happy.

Jun 13, 2016

Great story and the best part is that the cat still lives!

Dec 22, 2015

I loved this book and it is definitely a "G"

Dec 08, 2015

This book is a great insight into being given a second chance...with the help of a cat. It's about a person whose choices result in him having to rely on others for assistance. This book is for anyone interested in miracles and redemption, or anyone interested in the remarkable story of how a cat can turn your life around.

Aug 08, 2015

This book was included in a Reader's Digest book on sale at the library. The non-condensed one also only takes about a day to read. A simple but unforgettable story! Which is better, a story about a cat so smart he gives his human friend true love and happiness, no more heroin, homelessness, etc., or a story about a cat so smart he makes his human friend who knows how much money?! Someone told me her cat just figured out how to use the toilet and I do not have any doubts Bob did it without any training, too, because he's so smart. (James Bowen lived in a fifth-floor walkup.) He walks on a leash, rides on James' shoulder, finds a friend's apartment when chased away from where they were busking by a Rottweiler, becomes a You Tube star . . . . What a smart cat, and so beautiful!! I hope James can become a job-placement counselor or animal-shelter counselor or something after his terrible early life.

Jul 28, 2015

This was a pleasant and unpretentious read and the author was authentic and relatable. I really I really enjoyed learning about his life and the symbolic relationship he and Bob formed. Would love to meet them both!

Jul 24, 2015

One of the best books I have read in a long time. Heart warming and very enjoyable! What an inspiration James and his precious cat Bob are! Great Book!

Jun 25, 2015

I can't praise this book high enough. I am not going to put this book "under the microscope" like some reviewers have regarding the style of writing, grammar etc. I feel the "soul" of the book is what counts here and in all honesty, I was so absorbed with the storyline, I was not in the least interested with such matters. Overall a truly inspirational book, easy to read and written in a wonderfully humble and modest fashion. I think this book is a relevant and an enjoyable read for all ages; my 90 year old mother has read it and thoroughly enjoyed it too! Thank you James for sharing your life experiences with us; you have given me a new perspective on drug addiction and the homeless. I sincerely wish James and the charismatic, intelligent Bob all the best life can give them. Congratulations to both of you for finding each other and sharing your wonderful story with us all.

Jan 25, 2015

A heartwarming tale about how a cat named Bob turns Bowen's life around as he's getting his life back together. Life is tough on the streets of London, but Bob makes it a little more bearable and gives Bowen's life a sense of meaning. A quick read and a must for cat lovers!

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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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