A Street Cat Named Bob

A Street Cat Named Bob

And How He Saved My Life

Book - 2013 | First U.S. edition
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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.
Contents: Fellow Travellers
Road To Recovery
The Snip
Ticket To Ride
Centre of Attention
One Man and His Cat
The Two Musketeers
Making It Official
The Escape Artist
Santa Paws
Mistaken Identity
Number 683
Pitch Perfect
Under the Weather
The Naughty List
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2013
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
Branch Call Number: 636.80092 B
Characteristics: viii, 279 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781250029461


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SkokieStaff Dec 14, 2015

I love this story since it shows the impact pets (not just cats) have on humans. Traces the story of an impoverished London street musician who, after saving an injured and highly intelligent cat, found his life profoundly changed in unexpected ways.

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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.

Feb 14, 2018

I fully understand what James (and Bob, his extraordinary cat friend) went through in the streets, where they were exposed both to good and negative members of the Public. There's no problem with the good ones, the problem is with those negative ones, who make negative comments to, and even attack in various dishonest ways those guys, like James, who try to earn scratch in the streets, because Society drove them to the margin or expelled them for whatever reason. I fully understand what James mentions in his books about this, because, feeding critter animals in the streets I also am exposed to those few negative persons' remarks and attacks. They call my pigeon friends "vermin" and "flying rats," and my squirrel friends "pests" and rats. And one told me even street cats and other critters, if they cannot find food on their own, should die. I am writing this comment now because today I got a remark from another of those grim faced negative ones (I could see from her face and expected as such as she walks with disgust every day on her face even at the whole world). She told me, when she saw me put crushed peanuts under an evergreen fence for the tiny birds that live inside the bushes - she told me "feeding the rats?" I could have told her the real rats walk on two feet and outside the bushes. And there is another woman with a spiteful and angry expression on her face, who walks her little dog every day, does not even speak an acceptable English, and she told me my pigeon friends were "vermin" and let her dog off the leash and said: "go, get them!" The dog was more decent and did not obey. I also feed raccoons who come out into the streets at night only, and I love them. They are, most of them, like good nature timid dogs, come up to me when they see me and I give them oatmeal cookies. And the bad guys tell me, when seeing this: "go somewhere else, feed them in the park - they are wild animals!" (There are a few good persons, who feed raccoons in their backyards) - and I tell the selfish/n dumb guys that even those parks are full of people and dogs. I found a book in VPL about domesticated raccoons, and that book says: "they are the charmers of our woods, they should be our national symbol." This was written by the curator of a child zoo in Cicinnati, USA. But instead, our symbol of Stanley Park is the Coyote, a predator and I dislike coyotes, which killed two young raccoons in 2016 and 2017; I found them in my area strangled beside the sidewalk, at the foot of a tree each, trying to escape the predator by climbing the tree. For some hidden reason the Stanley Park Board loves coyotes (a few months ago a coyote knocked over a toddler child at a playground in Surrey, I think, but the Board defends coyotes and a year ago they distributed pamphlets in Mt. Pleasant, telling us to learn to live with coyotes among us in the city). OK, so, I love animals more than I do people in general, and I support several animal charities (international). And I despise those cultures with dog farming and eating the flesh of dogs. And I bought one of James Bowen's books and ordered his other books too from Chapters-Indigo. One can learn a lot by reading his books, and one cannot help but admire cats, who, even by Mark Twain, are a race more superior to humans, as regards character.

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.

lotuslori_8 Nov 30, 2017

A true story of how two lost souls, a man and a cat, formed a wonderful friendship and saved each other from a rough life on the streets. The author gives you an understanding of what it means to be a street person and the challenges he faced trying to kick his addiction and find a purpose to his life.

Sep 09, 2017

A simple yet engaging story well told about a street person and the cat who adopted him.. Once read you will want to read the follow-up. The World According to Bob.

Aug 04, 2017

A wonderful true story about the relationship between a remarkable cat and his human companion. They met at a difficult time in both of their lives and helped each other to create a new life together. A very enjoyable feel-good book.

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.

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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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