A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life

A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life

by James Bowen
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A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 142 reviews.
IzzyBIB More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! It touches the soul. It's an amazing story of how a cat gave one mentally ill man a reason to live and kick a vicious drug addiction.
EG678 More than 1 year ago
James Bowen's A Street Cat Named Bob is an incredibly heartwarming story. Reading it fills you with joy and love. A darn good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An incredible story two fold. The characters are a homeless man and a sick and homeless cat. The story of a cat finding the man and the book they wrote. The story is true. To start at the beginning, James’ has had many ups and downs, twists and turns that have influenced his life. His mother and father divorced when he was young. James’ mother, a career woman re-married and the family moved from England to Australia. As a youngster he attended several schools as the family moved frequently. As a result James had trouble fitting in with the other children. He was identified as a ‘problem child’ early in life and was diagnosed with ADHD, schizophrenia and manic depression. James did not like or get along with his stepfather and returned to England. He lived with his sister and her husband for a short time but this did not work out and James became homeless. James has been homeless most of his adult life living on the streets, in shelters for the homeless and sheltered accommodation. Living rough in London, England for about ten years, James has survived by busking and selling the Big Issue, a street newspaper sold by the homeless in eight countries. He spent many years living in hostels and shelters and succumbed to drugs, Heroin being his drug of choice. Fortunately James was able to break the cycle of addiction with the help of his ‘some time’ partner, Belle, who was also former heroin addict as well as charities such as Connections at St Martin-in-the-Fields. One of the greatest influences in James life has been Bob the cat who turned up on his doorstep one day. Bob has given James a reason to live and put his life back on track. The two were suffering and needed each other. On Methadone as part of his treatment to get off heroin James was struggling to survive. Bob was injured, hungry, and homeless. The most amazing part of this story is that Bob began following James to the areas where he did his busking and later selling The Big Issue. Naturally the pair attracted much attention, many pictures taken and videos on YouTube. Unbeknown to Bob and James, they were becoming quite famous. A result of all the pictures and videos came when a literary agent saw them and suggested James write a book, which he did in collaboration with Garry Jenkins. A must read for all who love a heartwarming story, love cats and just want a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received my copy a day after my beloved cat died, I could not read it right away, but a few days later still very sad, I started reading it. It brought me much comfort and I finished the book in a day. I could not put it down. Excellent book  well worth the read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have bought several copies of this book and given them to friends. Without exception, all were reluctant to read a "cat book"--but after a little persuasion--none of them could put the book down.  James Bowen's story is compelling --full of pathos, comic moments, epiphanies and joy. Bob, an orange  cat--or Ginger, as they call these cats the color of marmalade, is an astonishing creature. The two found one another and like the title says, were one another's salvation from a lonely, sick, sad life.  The book really is how love can rescue and redeem any of us--we just need to let it work its magic.  The prose is simple and the story straightforward but with transitions that make you keep turning the page to see what happens next.  It's a page turner!  And I challenge anyone to read this book and not  feel the love just radiating from the pages. When I read it, I realized that I would never turn my eyes away when I see a homeless person. I want to help them as well as contribute to helping abandoned, abused or stray animals.  James and Bob's journey together will never be forgotten by me--and probably not by you, eithe
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely a HIGH FIVE!!! Fabulous book! I read it in less than a day last year when it was out in the kindle edition. When you get to know the author and his soul mate through interviews, videos, etc. you will love it even more. What a kind hearted good soul! An extraordinary young man and absolutely fabulous gorgeous feline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very heartwarming story! I am a dog lover but reading this book made me surprisingly like cats :-). This story is unbelievable and so sweet!!!! Kept me turning from from one page to the next. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rate it a 5. Read the book a friend from Manchester England loaned me that was sent to her from relatives.  I have been in love with Bob since.  The life of James and his discovery of "gift of giving" are inspirational.  I will be buying my own copy soon as I want to have it to re-read.  Their story will never leave my heart. Thank you James for sharin your story and Bob with us in the US. Pattie B.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story of a street cat and the young man who became both: the cat's rescuer and resuee. I am not a cat person, but Bob the cat has me sold on little felines.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book I have ever read up till that time.... inspiring and heartwarming one .I could not put it down and finished in one sitting..
rwoman More than 1 year ago
I recently read "A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved Me" after a friend mentioned James Bowen and Bob at lunch a few weeks ago and I realized I still had the book sitting on a shelf (I'd purchased it a few months ago). Neither James nor Bob have lived a perfect life and James' honesty in telling their story (good, bad, otherwise) is really great. Overcoming addiction and/or struggles is difficult for anyone and James' taking responsibility for both Bob and himself leads to a much better life! It touches on the lives of those many of us in society often do not see or wish to see - the homeless, recovering addicts, street performers, buskers, and many others. This book is very human and a touching story. It's wonderful to see James doing good for both himself and Bob! I wish you the utmost success in the USA!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story that really touched my heart. Each of our little furry friends is of course unique, but Bob is truly extraordinary, and it was wonderful to read the story of these two beings who support and love each other, and end up literally saving each other. I shed a few tears reading the book, but there was laughter and smiles too. I would recommend it to anyone with empathy and compassion, whether or not you're a cat fan, and perhaps you will be by the time you finish this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You wouldn't believe how heartwarming this story is. And how it opens up the world of homelessness. It is amazing how Bob found James and how much they grew to mean to each other. This book is a wonderful read - you can't help but be impressed with both James and Bob.
FunkyMonkey68 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. With the way things are going in the world, it was a refreshing change to read a book of hope and inspiration!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I give this book a HIGH FIVE!  
Spanish-Rose More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read! Everyone has his/her trials and tribulations. James Bowen and his ginger tom Bob are no exception. Both James and Bob are in need of medical care and a home. I am proud of James Bowen's courage to take on the responsibility of taking care of another being (in this case a cat), when James is not sure how he is going to take care of himself let alone overcome his addiction to heroin. Nevertheless, James made sure Bob got the medical care he needed, food, as well as, a home. Bob, in return, brought to the forefront the issue of addiction and homelessness by capturing the attention of people passing by thereby bridging a gap that allows James to be eventually acknowledge as a person in need of a way to support himself and Bob instead of remaining an invisible entity that people tend to ignore in society. We live in a complex stressful society, where maybe some people are just one step away from being in the same shoes as James. Bob has a way of diffusing the situation allowing an open dialogue to be initiated between the homeless and society. I hope James Bowen and Bob remain advocates for people who suffer from drug addiction and homelessness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a truly inspiring story about 2 lost beings who in their lowest moments found each other at the right time!!! thank you james for sharing this great and touching story of how you and bob met .
ClayMonkey More than 1 year ago
Quick, heartwarming read. The author draws parallels between his own life as a recovering addict, and that of Bob, also formerly homeless. Interestingly, he writes more about his worry and concern for Bob's well-being than his own, as he weans off methodone treatments. I'm guessing just about everyone who reads this book will to a YouTube search of Bob the Big Issue Cat, just to see him in action.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
A heartwarming story of second chances. The author candidly tells his story of life's failures and how a stray cat named Bob helped him along the road to recovery. You won't want to put it down. Well edited.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are an animal lover you will truly enjoy this book. I have always believed in the power of animals to help humans heal. bob is definitely proof of that idea. this is a heartwarming story and an easy read. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It is such a heartwarming and inspirational book! Bob changed James's life forever, and James changed Bob's life forever. I always believe we do not choose a cat, they choose us. James accepted responsibility and changed his life, because he had someone in his life who cared, Bob. Bob and James have a deep bond that can't be matched.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful. I couldn't put it down. With all the negativity in the world today it was so good to read about the power of love. I'm a cat lover but I believe that anyone would get a lot of happiness out of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How could I pass up that book cover with a beautiful ginger tabby perched happily on his person's shoulders? Being a cat lover, I could not! I completely empathized with Jame's ability to communicate with Bob and the incredible bond they share. I have been touched by substance addiction in my family and it made me wish I understood my deceased brother's struggles better. James and Bob's story is inspiring in that both came together by happenstance and were enriched by each other's company.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was interesting and kept my attention all the way through. I didn't know I was prejudiced against homeless people when I see them with pets. I always thought they shouldn't have a pet because they couldn't take proper care of them. I have changed my opinion since reading this book! Everyone deserves love in whatever form you can get it. Bob and James are in a loving relationship that touched my heart. I am buying this book for a Christmas gift for my daughter (she has 2 cats) and I am recommending the book as a Book Club selection. Seeing Bob and James on YouTube just added to the book. I wish them all the best.
Anonymous 10 months ago