James Bowen and his cat Bob have been capturing hearts since A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life was first published in the UK last spring. The book finally debuts in the United States today. Even though the US publisher changed the original subtitle to How One Man And His Cat Found Hope on the Streets, the story remains the same, and is no less compelling with a new subtitle and cover.

I reviewed the UK edition last year, and have been following the unfolding story of James and Bob since then – I just can’t get enough of this modern day fairy tale. From book signings with lines snaking around the block to a movie deal, James’ life changed in ways he never could have imagined when he first found Bob on the doorstep of his apartment building. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London, and had just moved into subsidized housing as part of a drug recovery program after being homeless. The last thing he needed was a pet. But he just couldn’t turn his back on the injured cat, so he took him in and nursed him back to health. He never intended to keep him. Once Bob had recovered, James sent him on his way.

But Bob had other plans. He kept coming back to the apartment building, and followed James everywhere. Soon the two became inseparable, and Bob began accompanying James on his daily trip to work into London via bus and Tube, the London underground metro system. The two became a fixture and familiar sight to many Londoners. People were charmed by Bob, and James started earning more money for his performances than he ever had before. Eventually, James got a job selling Big Issue, a newspaper published on behalf of and sold by homeless people to help them get a step up in life. Bob always tagged along.

This book has joined my very small list of best cat books of all time. The uplifting story touched my heart. The bond between James and Bob is so incredible, it brought tears to my eyes at times. As much as I love cat books, it’s rare that I come across one that I just can’t put down. I couldn’t stop turning the pages of this one. Following the journey of these two soul mates is pure joy. I only wished that I lived in London, so I could actually meet Bob. Oh, and James, too.

If you’re not convinced yet that you have to read this book, take a look at the book trailer:


And if you’re like me, and can’t get enough of Bob and James, join them on their Facebook page.

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135 Comments on A Street Cat Named Bob Makes US Debut – Enter to Win

  1. I would love to win this as all of my felines have found me when they were living on the streets, some in better conditions than others, and I’ve never turned any of them away so reading about another formerly homeless kitty is something very near & dear to my heart.

  2. I actually never read books like this, as much as I love animals and especially cats, but this one just has so much appeal. It sounds like an amazing, and unique story.

  3. I would love to read the story of Bob and his human. I have also struggled with some personal issues and know my furbabies helped me through it. I know GOD puts peolpe in our paths to help us but he never said they couldn’t wear fur.

  4. I would love to read this story and then pass it on to my daughter who is also a cat lover! We recently lost our furry little baby; She is deeply missed.
    I also shared this on Facebook.

  5. I found this perfect little book at the library where I work. I love to pass these wonderful stories on to my patrons and their families to show love and compassion for stray cats & dogs and to adopt a lost animal from our community, showing them just how much joy and happiness they can bring to anyone. Thank you for bringing joy to the library 😉
    p.s. Any talk about a motion picture ??

  6. I have a cat that claimed me as his own. I didn’t want him, but he has blessed me over and over again with the things he does. I’m sure this book will have me nodding in agreement.

  7. I love to read stories on how cats can change our lives. I’ve always believed that animals come into our lives just when we need them.

  8. Perhaps my recent loss of Mewdy Blue, my soul cat, has made me sensitive to stories like this but it sure sounds like a great story. I’d love to win this book. Maybe some day I’ll be able to write a book like it about Mewdy Blue.

  9. Several months ago I read the free excerpt available online and I have been following James and Bob on Facebook ever since. Their story is very moving and inspiring and I just can’t wait to read the entire book! I so wish they would tour the US with the book! I’d be willing to wait hours standing in line to give Bob a high five (and a handshake to James). Thank you.

  10. This story touches my heart deeply. I have 2 fur babies and one stayed with me through a heart operation recuperation. And she still watches over me.

  11. I would love to read about Bob and his unique personality. Being a multiple cat owner myself, I can only imagine the bond and unconditional love James and Bob experienced together.
    Sometimes, my cats are the only reasons for me to get and start my day.

  12. I can’t wait to meet Bob and James in this book. Their story will surely change my life, too.
    Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Love what you do here.

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