Book Review: A Street Cat Named Bob by 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. 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.

I liked this book; it wasn’t something I would have picked myself so as a Christmas present I felt obligated. These sometimes can be the best types of book as it opens you up to new authors and genres…I am preaching to myself…the converted!

This is written in a simple way, it’s like James is in the room just having chat about stuff and does open your eyes in a non preachy way about social injustice and also how mean people can be for no reason (am thinking of the tube workers). But on the flip side, it does also show you that there are some really nice people left in the world who will do something for nothing only than to make somebody else’s life a little easier.

I hadn’t realised that this was how ‘The Big Issue’ worked, that sellers have to buy the copies and sell them all. I have a new respect for anyone who does this for living.

I would have loved to have seen Bob is the guitar case – cats do the funniest things! This is a book for cat lovers everywhere and those in need of an uplifting tale of finding companionship and turning your life around against all odds 🙂

Paperback available via Amazon A Street Cat Named Bob

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