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


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.

Enter to win A Street Cat Named Bob – 3 winners!

To enter the giveaway, tell me in a comment why you’d like to win this book. For an additional chance to win, tweet about this giveaway or share on Facebook, Google+ or Pinterest, and leave a separate comment letting me know that you shared. No need to post the link to your share.This giveaway ends Tuesday, August 6, and is limited to readers in the United States only *.

*No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winners will be notified via e-mail. Prize winner must provide The Conscious Cat with a physical address to which the prize will be mailed within 72 hours. If this information is not received, an alternate winner will be chosen by random drawing. Winners will be announced in a separate post following the drawing.

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

  1. melissa
    August 10, 2013 at 8:07 am (7 years ago)

    amazing story,made me cry to hear of their good fortune together.

  2. Annemarie
    August 8, 2013 at 10:17 am (7 years ago)

    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.

  3. Jennifer Lynn
    August 7, 2013 at 10:20 am (7 years ago)

    I love to read inspiring stories and I love cats. I would love to see how Bob inspired James.

  4. Berry
    August 7, 2013 at 10:16 am (7 years ago)

    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.

  5. Jay Davenport
    August 7, 2013 at 7:58 am (7 years ago)

    I love at books. Would love this one and hope to get Ingrid’s books at a book signing

  6. Michelle McKinney
    August 7, 2013 at 6:23 am (7 years ago)

    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.

  7. Renee Nicole Midden
    August 6, 2013 at 10:49 pm (7 years ago)

    being a recovering addict and a cat lover, this story sounds great!!!

  8. Lisa
    August 6, 2013 at 10:27 pm (7 years ago)

    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.

  9. Elaine Alfaro
    August 6, 2013 at 10:23 pm (7 years ago)

    Shared on Facebook!

  10. Elaine Alfaro
    August 6, 2013 at 10:21 pm (7 years ago)

    This is such a great story, and I’d love to read this book.

  11. Cher
    August 6, 2013 at 8:54 pm (7 years ago)

    Shared !! forever 😉

  12. Cher
    August 6, 2013 at 8:47 pm (7 years ago)

    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 ??

  13. Cathy Wright
    August 6, 2013 at 8:17 pm (7 years ago)

    Shared on facebook! 🙂

  14. Cathy Wright
    August 6, 2013 at 8:17 pm (7 years ago)

    I would love to win a copy. I could use an uplifting story!

  15. Susie H
    August 6, 2013 at 8:08 pm (7 years ago)

    I have shared this on my Facebook page.

  16. Susie H
    August 6, 2013 at 8:07 pm (7 years ago)

    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.

  17. toni
    August 6, 2013 at 8:02 pm (7 years ago)

    Tweeted : )
    Thanks Ingrid!!

  18. toni
    August 6, 2013 at 8:02 pm (7 years ago)

    Posted and FB : )

  19. sharon collette
    August 6, 2013 at 7:17 pm (7 years ago)

    this story just makes me smile as a rescuer of cats i see why bob is so special <3

  20. Theresa
    August 6, 2013 at 7:16 pm (7 years ago)

    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.

  21. Dawn
    August 6, 2013 at 7:02 pm (7 years ago)

    I loved this book! Bob and James are the best of friends and it is so heartwarming.

  22. Mary Alice
    August 5, 2013 at 9:26 am (7 years ago)

    Thank you for this great story of redemption! Can’t wait for the movie! God Bless!

  23. Andrea
    August 5, 2013 at 1:36 am (7 years ago)

    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.

  24. Cindy
    August 4, 2013 at 7:06 pm (7 years ago)

    I shared this contest on my Facebook page. Thank you.

  25. Cindy
    August 4, 2013 at 7:06 pm (7 years ago)

    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.

  26. Barb
    August 4, 2013 at 10:32 am (7 years ago)

    Shared on Facebook!

  27. Barb
    August 4, 2013 at 10:31 am (7 years ago)

    This sounds so sweet!

  28. Andie Stabler
    August 3, 2013 at 11:03 pm (7 years ago)

    How could I not want to read about such an amazing sounding pair?!

  29. Candace
    August 3, 2013 at 9:52 pm (7 years ago)

    Shared on facebook.

  30. Candace
    August 3, 2013 at 9:51 pm (7 years ago)

    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.

  31. Suzy
    August 3, 2013 at 7:06 pm (7 years ago)

    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.

  32. Norma
    August 3, 2013 at 6:41 pm (7 years ago)

    this sounds like a book that could inspire and warm anyone’s heart. I would love to win this book.

  33. Geraldine Galentree
    August 3, 2013 at 6:38 pm (7 years ago)

    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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