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. I have wanted to read their story every since I first heard of them. I really enjoy learning about lives of others where an animal has changed their lives or vise versa. Please enter me. Thanks for the giveway.

  2. What an inspiring story! Bob sounds like a wonderful cat. I once had someone tell me that “cats find their owners” and this story reminds me of that saying. I’d love to read this book – cat books especially are terrific! 🙂

  3. I ?Found his story on Youtube several months ago and I just fell in love with them both. I would love to ahve this book and I would share it with my mom who is a cat lover herself.

  4. I have not heard of James and Bob before – now I’m hooked! Would love to read this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

  5. I would love to win this book. I’ve anxiously waiting the US release and have had it on my wishlist for awhile. Please enter me in the contest. 🙂

  6. I have been wanting to read this book for awhile! So winning would just be a bonus. I love heartwarming animal stories especially cats.

  7. I would live to win this book, not only to read but to read to children. We have a shelter near us that houses several children, and I believe that thus story will inspire not only the children, but adults as well. A story of hope, found in an unlikely place
    happen to anyone w illing to open their eyes and hearts. Thank you James, Bob and The Conscious Cat.

  8. I am always happy to see someone who benefits from the friendship of a pet. One of the most recent trends is to allow homeless families a shelter that allows them to keep their beloved pets. I truly believe these families and individuals are given a wonderful opportunity to see that it is possible to still give something very valuable to the world, ie. love, companionship, and even hope to someone /something outside of their own terrible predicaments. I look forward to seeing the upcoming movie and reading the book. There is hope yet for all of us!

  9. I am a cat person and love reading and collecting books of special cats with their people. I would love to win and add this to my collection. I do as much as I can to help the cats in my neighborhood and have rescued quite a few!


  10. I would love to win a copy of this book as their story is so inspiring and I would love to read the WHOLE story. How the love of a cat can change lives, something beautiful in this world.

  11. I’ve been following James and Bob on facebook for a while now. Their story is so inspiring. I would love to win a copy of the book because their story shows how much love and hope cats bring to our lives.

  12. I would love to read the whole story of Bob and James! As a foster for cats at a local shelter, this story is inspirational!

  13. Although I’ve never been homeless like James, I’m convinced that my boy Smokey has saved my life in many ways, and just the idea of this book touches me deeply. I would really, really love to win and read it!

  14. I’d love to win this book! I remember seeing it in a search last year when looking for some nice cat books for me to read. I’ve held out, hoping it would make it’s way to the US 🙂 I love great cat stories!

  15. reading about other people’s road to recovery is very encouraging. and what better story than one that includes a cat!!! would love to win this!!!

  16. I loved this book. I have already read it twice. I would like to win a copy to donate to the silent auction fund raiser for Feral Friends, a cat rescue group for which I volunteer.

  17. I love reading stories about people and their cats. This has been on my “want to read” list for sometime, and it would be great to win a free copy. Thanks for giving us that opportunity.

  18. I have read about these two on the Internet. What a moving tale of unconditional love! I would love to have a copy to share with my cat-loving and warmhearted mother.

  19. We had a cat in my over 55 community when I lived in New port Richey Fl. I name him Bouser for no reason. He would make the rounds of the mobile homes for food. I invited him in but he never wished to stay long as he was indeed his own “cat.” We had four other cats at the time, and he always got along well with all. His goal was adventure. He would indeed be no ones pet. He was free!

  20. My reason for wanting to win? My late husband & our Willie cat. I now live in Louisville, KY, but for a few short years I lived in Galveston, TX. Whether you think I’m complaining or bragging, Allan was “street” and those on the streets of Galveston knew him as “Willie” aka “Willie Nelson” (and yes the resemblence was there!). In the summer of 2000 I married this Galveston Island “pirate” and ‘Nam Vet. Before we married I informed Allan that if we ever should get a pet it would have to be a cat, since, like him, a cat pretty much took care of its own needs. About a year after our marriage we were given a grey male tabby, and it was suggested that I name the cat “Willie” for my husband. Believe it or not, “Willie” was the name that cat answered to (as much as any cat “answers” to a name). Willie became my husband’s cat, following him much as Bob followed James. About a month after Allan lost his battle with esophageal cancer, Willie put himself in the path of a man known to all in the building as a cat hater. This man beat Willie so badly that euthanisia was a blessing.

  21. I would love to win a cat, because even though people don’t think so, cats are very unique creatures. They are really inspiring in their own ways. I have 4 cats and they each have their own unique personalities.

  22. I too have followed the story of Bob and James from the start…..and it’s one of the most heart-warming stories of love and bonding that I’ve ever heard. I’ve always believed that people meet each other for a reason – and people meeting certain animals fits in that same belief…..It just makes me so happy to see others who know the same joy I do and so many others do – of having a “soul” relationship with a cat. I’d love to win a copy of this most special book.

    Pam (and Sam)

  23. As Feline Director for a rescue it is my hope that stories like this will inspire people to adopt from shelters. I hope it will change people’s perspective when it comes to homeless people and homeless pets. Already smiling at the thought of this book.

  24. This is such a heartwarming story and a testament to the bond between man and cat. Sounds like an uplifting read.
    My hope would be that it would inspire people to go the extra mile to help abused and abandoned animals and the disenfranchised to a better life.

  25. I would like to win this book because of a cat that I rescued named Sasha. I found her on the street right outside my apartment building. Someone had abandoned her because she had a serious infection in her eyes. She never moved when i tried to approach her. She was obviously recently abandoned: her black coat was gleaming. She allowed me to pick her up immediately and purred when I held her. I took her straight to my vet who diagnosed her infected eyes and gave me the gel to put into her eyes. Two weeks later, and with beautiful and clear yellow eyes, we were inseparable. Sasha came to me at a time in my life that was chaotic and stressful. She brought peace and much love into my life and I would like to think that I brought the same to hers.

  26. Has it really been over a year that your first review came out? I was so taken by it, it seems like yesterday! I would love to win a copy. The trailer is magnificent, and I am so happy to see their success.

  27. Cats are just amazing creatures! I cannot tell you how much this story warms my heart. Thanks for sharing it and yes, please enter me into the giveaway. 🙂

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