The Instant New York Times Bestseller!
James is a street musician struggling to make ends meet.
Bob is a stray cat looking for somewhere warm to sleep.
When James and Bob meet, they forge a never-to-be-forgotten friendship that has been charming readers from Thailand to Turkey.
A Street Cat Named Bob is an international sensation, landing on the bestseller list in England for 52 consecutive weeks and selling in 26 countries around the world.
When 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. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London, barely making enough money to feed himself, and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent but very sick animal, whom he named Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining that he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas.
This instant classic about the power of love between man and animal has taken the world by storm and is a perfect gift book for cat lovers.
Bowen isn't exaggerating; when he met a stray ginger tomcat (whom he named Bob after the creepy character on Twin Peaks), he was estranged from his family and recovering from heroin addiction, supporting himself as a street musician in London, and depending on the kindness of strangers. His chance encounter with Bob in 2007 changed everything. The injured animal attached himself to Bowen, and quickly proved more than just an emotional asset; in the competitive world of busking, passersby began donating more money after Bob took up position next to Bowen's open guitar case. With Bob's friendship bolstering his spirits, and after a warning from the police, Bowen shifts to real work, selling the charity magazine Big Issue and getting off methadone. Despite the grimmer passages in the book a run-in with a vicious dog, tension with fellow Big Issue vendors that lead to serious consequences the book is positive on the whole. Bob becomes an Internet celebrity via YouTube videos taken by passerby, and Bowen reconciles with his mother and returns home to Australia for a cathartic visit. Given Bowen's inherent decency, he might well have turned things around even without his feline friend, but he convincingly makes the case that Bob was the cat-alyst.
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I loved this book for many reasons, but the humility and compassion shown between James and Bob is amazing. It is true when they ask who rescued who. =^..^=
A Street Cat Named Bob
For The Love Of Bob
James Bowen doesn't pull any punches in his account of his life before and after meeting Bob.
His description of the gritty lows takes the reader to life on the streets and paints a vivid picture of drug dependence and recovery, and the transformation of the human condition during both.
I found myself turning pages eager to see what happened next and genuinely worried for their well being in some of their misadventures.
The bond between Bob and James will warm your heart.
I have read a lot of books about cats and dogs and their companion animals humans. This is the first book I read where the human was a drug abuser-no need to mince words that's what bobs human says he was so that's what I write. I devoured the first half of the book and then got impatient. I read ahead in bits and pieces and got it all wrong in my mind. It seemed as if he was back sliding back into drugs. You see I knew nothing about bob or his human and didn't know at the time how their future had already worked out. I just couldn't bear it if he started using again. I mean what about bob and would they both be ok. Here in America pets are not allowed in housing so if bad things started happening again would bob be a street cat again and would James be homeless? A few weeks go by and I pick the book up again and decide to power through no matter what and man I could kick myself. James thinks of bob and gets on methadone and then off methadone and then gets clean. He writes this wonderful book and I shared it with my sister in law. I bought the second one. It is just as good. Just get it and read it. Everyone deserves a second third fourth ...chance to get things right. No one should be written off.