A Street Cat Named Bob book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The moving, uplifting true story of an unlikely friendshi. A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life [James Bowen] on A book with the strong ingredients that made "Marley and Me "and "Dewey "big. James Bowen (born 15 March ) is an English author and busker based in London. His memoirs A Street Cat Named Bob, The World According to Bob and A . Bob: No Ordinary Cat is a version of the book A Street Cat Named Bob.
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download A Street Cat Named Bob: How one man and his cat found hope on the streets by James Bowen (ISBN: ) from site's Book Store. A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Bowen isn't exaggerating; when he met a stray ginger tomcat (whom he named Bob after the creepy character on Twin Peaks), he was.
James Bowden was a homeless man living on the streets of London struggling with a drug addiction.
During the day he would do busking to make a bit of money to support himself. Having spent time in hostels for the homeless, he was finally given his own flat. On returning back home one day James finds a ginger Tom cat outside his flat. It is from this day on that the pair forms a special attachment to one another. James decides to name the cat Bob, and on most days when James started out busking B James Bowden was a homeless man living on the streets of London struggling with a drug addiction.
James decides to name the cat Bob, and on most days when James started out busking Bob would join him. Bob would sit in the guitar case and watch as the people threw their money in the case. The friendship that James and Bob form was heartwarming to say the least. This was an emotional, touching, uplifting, but most of all very inspiring tale. Highly recommended. View all 15 comments. Jul 19, Corey Dutson rated it really liked it. I actually met James and Bob a couple years ago around Covent Garden.
Both of them are wonderfully brilliant characters in their own right. Back then, I recall him telling me and Theresa about a book that he was putting out, but I didn't really give it much thought. Fast-forward to a month ago, and what do I find in a bookstore but a stack of this book! I'm so happy he actually managed to get it out there for everyone to read. This is an warming, enjoyable book that is both heart-felt as well as e I actually met James and Bob a couple years ago around Covent Garden.
This is an warming, enjoyable book that is both heart-felt as well as educational. Those of us that haven't had to live on the streets don't really get a handle on just how hard a life that is. This book not only details one mans struggle to get off his feet and out of the rough life, but also about the ginger cat that gave him that push.
It's not a difficult read, but I would highly recommend it to everyone. Brought a lot of smiles to my face during its reading. View all 3 comments. Feb 01, Dem rated it liked it. This is a wonderful feel good true story about a street Cat named Bob and his owner a recovering heroin addict and the streets of London.
This is a story of love and devotion and how sometimes we are sent little signs of help and encouragement we just have to learn how to recognise them and I am sure that James was so happy that This is a wonderful feel good true story about a street Cat named Bob and his owner a recovering heroin addict and the streets of London.
This is a story of love and devotion and how sometimes we are sent little signs of help and encouragement we just have to learn how to recognise them and I am sure that James was so happy that he paid attention to the cat hanging outside his apartment as his life was never the same again. View all 4 comments. Aug 09, Beth rated it really liked it. One of the good things about this book is that the cat doesn't die.
Another really good thing is that Bob is a real cat. I know that because I liked his Facebook page, which is totally current, and watched some videos of him on YouTube, and even saw him and James on the Today Show. Yes, I know, if some people believe the moon landing was fak One of the good things about this book is that the cat doesn't die. Yes, I know, if some people believe the moon landing was faked, one could believe this was all photo-shopped or whatever, but I'm a believer But no, it really happened and because it happened, two very sad lives got much better.
Good things still seem to be happening to James and Bob, and that's another of the best things about the book.
It's not soaring prose or deeply philosophical musings, it just a sweet, amazing story about a sweet man and an amazing cat, and that's the best thing. View all 8 comments. Sep 28, Leo. Well I think that James and Bob are kindred spirits.
I also think that they saved each others lives. I have an affinity with cats; well all life actually especially animals; I have had cats all my life. Archimedes is at home now waiting for me to come home. I watched the film about Bob and James and although it was a good film as always the book is better. What a lovely story.
The stars were lined up for James when the book publisher approached him that fateful day.
The rest is history. Well don Well I think that James and Bob are kindred spirits. Well done James and Bob too, well done. View 2 comments. James Bowen is a recovering drug addict living in accommodate housing in London. One day he sees a male, ginger cat in the hallway near his flat. Last thing he needs is a pet when he is living hand-to-mouth, but the two take a shine to each other. James notices the ginger tom cat is injured.
Soon the street cat, who he names Bob, is on the road to recovery. Many adventures -- both good and bad -- await this inseparable duo. This intelligent cat, who James Bowen is a recovering drug addict living in accommodate housing in London.
This intelligent cat, who saved James's life, would become famous with the locals and tourists. He can even be found on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. I'm not one for reading biographies, but I sure am glad I read about James and Bob. I definitely recommend this book. View all 16 comments. I hear they are making a movie, and I hope they keep this natural account without making it too Hollywood. A story about true companionship, and not only that, but how unique Bob is himself.
I have had cats all my life, and I am pretty sure none of them would sit with me on the bus, in the street or anywhere other than when they are in a safe haven of home. This truly is a unique connection and friendship.
It is a story about how love and friendship in whatever form can turn a person or cats life around. Bob gave James purpose, and helped him to kick a 10 year habit that he had merely teetered on giving up for good. And for once a happy story! By the end you will be on YouTube looking for videos of Bob!
At no point are there any concerns for Bobs welfare, he is very happy where he is! View 1 comment. I must admit I was torn before I read this book. I mean, I'm moggy obsessed, but also word mad, and had read a few reviews commenting on how poorly written this book is. Now I've finished it, I can quite safely say: This isn't meant to be a challenging read or a work of great literature.
I actually thought the simple narrative made it really easy to see what James thought of Bob - his excitable use of language wh I must admit I was torn before I read this book. I actually thought the simple narrative made it really easy to see what James thought of Bob - his excitable use of language when it came to Bob was heartwarming.
Reading this book really restores your faith in humanity - that people are good, thoughtful and kind.
It also struck a chord with me as I have had a 'challenging' time before I found my own 'Bob'. Well, he found me James Bowen was a homeless man living on the streets of London, addicted to drugs and in a bad way, eventually after spending time in homeless hostels he was given his own flat in sheltered accommodation block in North London.
One day in a chance meeting with a ginger Tom cat that James decided to call "Bob" would change and turnaround his life. This is a charming, lovely, heart-warming true story of young man busking in central London along with his new companion the street cat Bob.
They s James Bowen was a homeless man living on the streets of London, addicted to drugs and in a bad way, eventually after spending time in homeless hostels he was given his own flat in sheltered accommodation block in North London.
They share a past filled with problems but together they rebuild each others lives through adventures and some scrapes. I can't recommend this book more highly, it made me smile and brought a tear to my eye and has forever changed my view of homeless people. Wonderful, please give it a try! Nov 17, Hil rated it did not like it Shelves: I thought this book would be a heartwarming story of an interesting cat living through some tough times on the street, that would probably make me cry and probably end in the cat's death.
In fact, the cat does not die by the end which is a good thing! What we have here is a self-pitying tale of woe by a semi-homeless junkie who happens upon Bob the Cat outside his flat and they start hanging out together as he goes about his day to I thought this book would be a heartwarming story of an interesting cat living through some tough times on the street, that would probably make me cry and probably end in the cat's death.
What we have here is a self-pitying tale of woe by a semi-homeless junkie who happens upon Bob the Cat outside his flat and they start hanging out together as he goes about his day to day life of busking, methadone and feeling like the world is against him and he never had a break.
It seems to me like he threw away so many breaks and got himself into his mess that I had very little sympathy for him, and his judgements about 'chuggers' and 'Staffordshire Terrier owners' were pretty irritating too.
Not enough cat and too much twat. View all 14 comments. Sweet tale, not too exciting but a nice read. And a true story which makes things more interesting.
And I love cats so I believe they can heal, teach, and push us to be better people" - Neil Abramson from his book unsaid This quote sums up this book pretty well.
James Bowen writes with great honesty and describes the life on the streets really well. I learned a lot from this book. About animals, people, London!
He touched me and I felt really connected to him that at the end of the book I was actually PROUD of him for getting there and not giving up. About bob.. I had "I've come to believe in the power of animals. I had to fight the crazy urge to squeeze the book whenever my eyes fell on the ohmygodidsqueezehimtodeath cover. Being the crazy cat lady I am, I fell in love with every single detail about Bob. The only thing that kinda got me a little depressed was James saying that before he had Bob he felt invisible but as soon as he got him people started noticing them everywhere and were much more friendly.
The books themselves are slight — James finds Bob, Bob spots a mouse, Bob gets microchipped — and Spotiswoode, working from a screenplay by Tim John and Maria Nation, has more than the problems of working with animals to deal with here. He sets the scene carefully in this minute film, taking time before Bob even wanders into the frame.
Treadaway brings a vulnerability to his depiction of Surrey-born James, who was abandoned by his father Anthony Head and diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and ADHD as a child in Australia.
Throughout, he struggles to get completely clean. The ending is gratifyingly upbeat, as everyone who enters the cinema will already know. Executive producers: Screen International is the essential resource for the international film industry. Subscribe now for monthly editions, awards season weeklies, access to the Screen International archive and supplements including Stars of Tomorrow and World of Locations.
Site powered by Webvision Cloud. Skip to main content Skip to navigation. Roger Spottiswoode. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob.
He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas. Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other's troubled pasts.
A Street Cat Named Bob is a moving and uplifting story that will touch the heart of anyone who reads it. Review Text An instantly bestselling memoir that, beside its heart-warming tale of their friendship, offers an insight into the injustice of life on the streets that's by turns frustrating and life-affirming. The Times show more.
Review quote A true story and ideal for anyone like me who's a bit mad when it comes to felines. He found Bob the cat in and the pair have been inseparable ever since.
They both live in London. Rating details. Our customer reviews I must be missing something because I bought this book based on the good reviews yet there isn't much of a story. Hugely disappointing as I love a feel-good novel, and I love cats - but couldn't help thinking the hype was better that the book!
This is a truly inspirational true story of an unlikely friendship. James Bowen's life had not turned out the way any boy would have dreamed and he had really become a nobody. When Bob came along James found compassion in himself to help him and his life though still tough started to turn around.
Bob and James found an identity and strength in each other to not only keep going but to also move forward with James getting himself totally off drugs and feeling clean again.