A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen – review.


The uplifting true story of an unlikely friendship between a man on the streets of Covent Garden and the ginger cat who adopts him and helps him heal his life. Now a major motion picture starring Luke Treadaway.

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.

About the author

JAMES BOWEN was a street musician in London who found Bob the Cat in spring 2007 and the pair, now famous around the world, has been inseparable ever since. As their book climbed bestseller lists in many countries and their fame skyrocketed, Bob began to receive hand-knitted scarves from all over the world. He can do a great high five and remains a modest fellow despite the glory that has been heaped upon him.

My thoughts

I’m so sorry to hear the sad news of Bob’s passing. I thought I should mention that first.

This book had me choked. What an amazing story and how wonderful that James and Bob had such a unique friendship. It was an easy read in the way it was written but far from easy when it came to content. There are some really touching moments.

At every corner, the stress and struggles that James and Bob faced in everyday life was shocking. Reading this book was like being a fly on the wall as James described his days; the levels of poverty he faced and the struggles he’d had with addiction. I found myself racing through the book, willing him to succeed in his battles, and his love for Bob was heartwarming.

‘A Street Cat Named Bob’ is a wonderful book. I’m so glad I read it. It has a little bit more significance for me as it was the last book my dad ever listened to while he was in hospital and his name was Bob. He also really enjoyed this book during his most painful days. For that I’m grateful.

Huge thanks to James for a fantastically memorable read! Oh, one warning, have a box of tissues at hand.


Thanks for reading!

Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.





About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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