Monday, July 6, 2015

Book Review – “A Street Cat Named Bob and How He Saved My Life” by James Bowen



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 that has been charming readers from Thailand to Turkey.

-        from the book jacket of A Street Cat Named Bob

If you are a cat lover – or an animal lover of any kind, for that matter – I know that you will LOVE the true story of A Street Cat Named Bob and How He Saved My Life by James Bowen.

Bowen was a young street musician struggling to make ends meet and get himself clean when Bob first appears on a neighbor’s mat in the hallway of his apartment block. Living hand to mouth busking on the streets of London, the last thing James needed was a cat – or so he thinks! It takes James a little time, but soon enough he realizes that a cat – specifically Bob – is exactly what he needs to help get his life back on track for good.

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 Being an animal lover myself, this true story of a down-and-out guy and the cat that adopted him (because, as you’ll see, that’s really how it is) hooked me from page one; I literally couldn’t bear to put this book down – which I know is always the sign of a seriously great book!

Even though it’s quite obvious, just by looking at the cover of this book, how James’ and Bob’s story ends, it is the details of their journey to reach that end that keeps the reader’s interest intact. With candid openness, James Bowen relives those first two years together with Bob – from their adventures making music and selling magazines on the streets of London, to the realization that they’d made friends all over the world (and, unfortunately, even a few enemies in their own backyard), to James’ struggles with drugs and eventual road to sobriety, A Street Cat Named Bob And How He Saved My Life is the story of a life of misfortune that leads to redemption – thanks in large part to a certain ginger tomcat named Bob.

The good news is that once you’ve gotten to know Bob, you can read more about him in Bowen’s follow-up, The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Streetwise Cat!

Get your own copy of A Street Cat Named Bob And How He Saved My Life by James Bowen on Amazon.

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