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.
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. It is so sad that homeless people become nobody and loose eye contact with those around them and sad that the people around them don't want to see them.
James is a person with a loving heart, it just took a friendship with a cat for him to become somebody again. Cats are very picky in who they trust, animals can sense who we really are and Bob chose well, for a cat to escort James through London that trust is enormous.
Reading about a life of a homeless person makes one think when they see a person living on the streets how it came that they are there and who they really are. Congratulations James for being brave enough to share your story you are a champion and your book is very heart warming and inspirational Kristy Price show more.
This will be one of my most favourite books on cats. Bob is such an endearing creature. As cats tend to pick their "owners", he decides to stay with James. Their adventures together on London's streets, their attachment to each other and the love that shines out of this book, simply irresisteble!
I read the book in two "sessions" and, having had to put it down once, could not wait to get back and finish it. Anybody who loves and understands cats, will adore this book. I also admire James for kicking his addiction, very brave!
The very best of luck for both of them and their future together. He later dropped out of education in his second year of high school, becoming a self-confessed "tearaway kid"; he was later diagnosed with ADHD , schizophrenia and manic depression.
In , he returned to the United Kingdom to live with his half-sister and her husband. Tensions arose and the arrangement did not last. In time, he began sleeping on the streets.
For the next few years, Bowen either slept in the streets or stayed in shelters.
He began using heroin to escape from the realities of homelessness. In spring , Bowen was enrolled on a methadone programme, busking in Covent Garden , and living in a supported housing programme in Tottenham , London. One evening he returned home to find a ginger cat in the hallway of his building.
Assuming it belonged to another resident, he simply returned to his flat. When the cat was still there the following day, and the day after that, Bowen became concerned and discovered the cat was wearing no collar or ID tag, and had an infected wound on his leg.
Bowen checked with other residents to see if the stray belonged to any of them, and when none of them claimed ownership of the animal Bowen decided to help the cat himself. Instead, he began to follow Bowen around, even following him onto the bus when he left to go busking. Concerned that the cat had nowhere else to go, Bowen took him in permanently, naming him Bob after the character Killer BOB from the television drama Twin Peaks.
Since Bob constantly followed James when he was going to work, he got him a harness for safety and allowed him to come along to his regular spots in Covent Garden and Piccadilly , travelling in the window seat of the number 73 bus.
The public reaction was positive and the pair became popular, their visibility increasing still further when Bowen began selling The Big Issue.
During this time, Bowen decided to conclude his methadone treatment.
He credits this development to Bob, saying "I believe it came down to this little man. He came and asked me for help, and he needed me more than I needed to abuse my own body.
He is what I wake up for every day now Since its publication the book has sold over 1 million copies in the UK alone,  has been translated into 30 languages, and spent over 76 weeks at the top of The Sunday Times ' bestseller list in both its hardback and paperback editions.
The World According to Bob continues the story of Bowen and Bob's lives on the street, including the period leading up to their meeting with his agent Mary Pachnos.
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.