James Bowen, A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets

A Street Cat Named Bob, James Bowen, true stories about catsA Street Cat Named Bob:  How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets by James Bowen


  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks, August 2012
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250048672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250048677


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.

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 best-selling book about a cat named Bob who literally saves the life of a man named James is both heartwarming and inspiring.  James a homeless heroin addict living on the streets of London one day finds a marmalade tabby whom he names Bob.  Bob gives James a new lease on life.  Cat lovers will thoroughly enjoy this book as it is based on the love, devotion and companionship of a cat.  Aspects that all cat lovers know too well.

Even though not well written, the message that homeless people need to be heard and recognized is much more important.

This original book has given birth to many more “Bob” books such as My Name is Bob, A Gift from Bob: How a Street Cat Helped One Man Learn the Meaning of Christmas, The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Streetwise Cat, as well as a recent film made about the first book.  All are highly rated and available on Amazon.

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