The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Streetwise Cat

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Bob Fever has swept the globe, with A Street Cat Named Bob vaulting its way to #7 on The New York Times bestseller list in its first week on sale. With rights sold to 27 countries around the globe and a top spot on the British bestseller list for more than a year, this book has been a smashing success around the world. Now, James Bowen and Bob are back in The World According to Bob—a touching and true sequel about one man and the cat that changed his life.

As James struggles to ...

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Overview

Bob Fever has swept the globe, with A Street Cat Named Bob vaulting its way to #7 on The New York Times bestseller list in its first week on sale. With rights sold to 27 countries around the globe and a top spot on the British bestseller list for more than a year, this book has been a smashing success around the world. Now, James Bowen and Bob are back in The World According to Bob—a touching and true sequel about one man and the cat that changed his life.

As James struggles to adjust to his transformation from street musician to international celebrity, Bob is at his side, providing moments of intelligence, bravery, and humor and opening his human friend's eyes to important truths about friendship, loyalty, trust - and the meaning of happiness. In the continuing tale of their life together, James shows the many ways in which Bob has been his protector and guardian angel through times of illness, hardship, even life-threatening danger. As they high-five together for their crowds of admirers, James knows that the tricks he's taught Bob are nothing compared to the lessons he's learnt from his street-wise cat.

Readers who fell in love with Dewey and Marley, as well as the many fans who read A Street Cat Named Bob, will be eager to read the next chapters in the life of James and Bob.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 03/31/2014
Prior to publishing his bestselling memoir, A Street Cat Named Bob, Bowen and his feline sidekick were barely scraping by when opportunity struck in the form of a newspaper story, entitled "Two Cool Cats," profiling the odd couple. The paper set off a wave of interest on Bowen and Bob, culminating in a book deal. Still reeling from the abrupt 180-degree turn his life took, Bowen recounts his transition to overnight celebrity in this equally engaging prequel. Cat-lovers expecting a heartwarming account of Bob's quirky behavior will certainly get that, but Bowen's focus is on the realities of homelessness. Harassment from uninformed, self-appointed do-gooders concerned about Bob's welfare, heartless citizens having a laugh at his expense, and a harrowing encounter with a fellow addict who overdosed on Bowen's doorstep are just a few of the anecdotes here; Bowen isn't looking to shock anyone or paint himself as a martyr. It's this smartly balanced blend of humor, pathos, and humility that makes Bowen such an engaging narrator, and it's no wonder the unlikely duo have inspired so many followers on Facebook as well as in real life. Bowen has crafted a terrific sequel to an amazing and inspiring story that's just beginning. (May)
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Praise for The World According to Bob

"This smartly balanced blend of humor, pathos, and humility makes Bowen such an engaging narrator, and it's no wonder the unlikely duo have inspired so many followers on Facebook as well as in real life. Bowen has crafted a terrific sequel to an amazing and inspiring story that's just beginning."  —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The author’s Street Cat Named Bob climbed onto the New York Times best-seller list as it touched the hearts of cat lovers…Now comes a sequel to that beguiling book, and this human-feline team has not lost any of its extraordinariness.” —Booklist (starred review)

“A simple, heartwarming story of continued companionship and mutual trust and respect…sure to be another best-seller.” —Kirkus Reviews

Praise for A Street Cat Named Bob

"The book's feline title character has become as famous as John Grogan's dog Marley." —The New York Times

"A huge success, selling more than a million copies worldwide."—Today.com

"[Fans] came from as far as Japan and across Europe to catch a glimpse of this feline literary lothario."—USA Today

"Bowen, a London street musician turned bestselling author and YouTube sensation, shares how his life has changed since he took in an alley cat named Bob."—People

"Stellar...A beautiful...story of second chances for both man and beast."—Booklist (starred) "A rich, moving story—perfect for cat lovers."—Kirkus

From the Publisher

"This smartly balanced blend of humor, pathos, and humility makes Bowen such an engaging narrator, and it's no wonder the unlikely duo have inspired so many followers on Facebook as well as in real life. Bowen has crafted a terrific sequel to an amazing and inspiring story that's just beginning."  —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for A Street Cat Named Bob

"The book's feline title character has become as famous as John Grogan's dog Marley." —The New York Times

"A huge success, selling more than a million copies worldwide."—Today.com

"[Fans] came from as far as Japan and across Europe to catch a glimpse of this feline literary lothario."—USA Today

"Bowen, a London street musician turned bestselling author and YouTube sensation, shares how his life has changed since he took in an alley cat named Bob."—People

"Stellar...A beautiful...story of second chances for both man and beast."—Booklist (starred) "A rich, moving story—perfect for cat lovers."—Kirkus

Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-16
The continuing story of a London busker and his feline friend, Bob.For those who read A Street Cat Named Bob (2013) and wondered what happened to the dynamic duo of James, a former drug addict and vendor for the street newspaper The Big Issue, and his cat companion, Bob, look no farther. Bowen expands on the story of his former life as a drug addict and the many ways Bob continues to be his faithful friend. "I always said that we were partners, that we needed each other equally," he writes. "Deep down I believed that wasn't really true. I felt like I needed him more." When Bowen was struck by an unrelenting pain in his leg, making it impossible to stand or walk, Bob was there to help him through it. When the author had a severe chest cold, once again, Bob indicated through his small gestures, like resting his head on Bowen's chest, that he understood Bowen was ill and empathized with him. Seeing a stranger overdose in his own apartment stairwell jolted Bowen to fight his own cravings. "An addict is always living on a knife's edge…all [the destructive behavior] needed was one moment of weakness and I could be on the way down again," he writes. While Bowen steadily worked his way out of addiction, silly cat moments, such as Bob's fascination with packaging, especially bubble wrap and boxes, kept him amused and happy. But he still had self-doubts about his life. Nosy strangers insisted Bob was being maltreated, and other vendors accused Bowen of breaking vending rules, which caused his license to be suspended. Then, everything changed with the unexpected success of his first book, which Bowen acknowledges is entirely due to his best friend, Bob.A simple, heartwarming story of continued companionship and mutual trust and respect. Though the book is averagely written, it is sure to be another best-seller.
Library Journal
12/01/2013
Bowen was a struggling street musician, then a struggling street musician with a marmalade-colored cat. Then, with A Street Cat Named Bob, he became a best-selling author. Here he explains how Bob helped him through the shock of international celebrity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250046321
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 33,467
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES BOWEN is the author of the bestselling A Street Cat Named Bob. He found Bob the cat in 2007 and the pair have been inseparable ever since. They both live in north London.

 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    A good read

    This is a "feel good" book. I just want to give James Bowen a hug. He has struggled and Bob truly has saved his life. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book about Bob also.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    Another exceptional novel

    James is an entertaining, honest writer that describes the value of a cat as a friend, companion and healer. A must read for feline fiends!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    A Must read for cat lovers & anyone who has a pet.

    Even better than the first book! Just confirms what wonderful creatures cats are and how lucky are the people they choose to share their lives with. Brought tears to my eyes more than once!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    The world according to...

    Havent read it yet but it sounds like that book caleed The world according to Humphrey

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