‘A Street Cat Named Bob’ – James Bowen
When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. 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.
This is a delightful true story of how a stray cat turned one man’s life around. The impact Bob has on James, a busking recovering drug addict is amazing and I challenge that you won’t feel all warm and fuzzy after reading this story.
This autobiography is definitely a must-read for cat-lovers. I am a massive fan of felines so if you are reading this review and have more of a dog persuasion, then I can’t guarantee that you will get as much enjoyment from this story. The descriptions of Bob’s behaviour are delightful and I recognised many of his characteristics in my own cats. Bob is such a delightful animal and inspires James to clean up his act and take responsibility for his actions. It is difficult not to fall in love with this ginger tom.
Of course, this book wouldn’t work if it was just about Bob and I guess it would become quite dull. Readers see how James alters over the story and how much his relationship means to him. My only wish is that Bob was given a bit more of the spotlight because the narrative did get a little repetitive at times. That being said, Bowen provides a snapshot into his life and the politics of working on the streets to earn a living. He also throws in some cat facts along the way which I couldn’t help but repeat back to my husband.
This is an interesting read and for me proves why cats are such great companions. I have learnt that there are more books in the series about Bob which I would be keen to read, but hope the author isn’t cashing in on this heart – warming story. Straight after reading this book I couldn’t help but look up Bob on Youtube – he is delightful as he seems in the book!