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 tried to get hold of this book for the last five months but it is apparently out of stock. I have a rescue cat who looks very like BOB and inspired by Bob I am inspired to teach Sir Rufus High 5! And I believe the book will be inspiring for me and Rufus to read together with Rufus curled up on my lap and assiting to turn the pages!

  2. I would love to win this book. I had a cat named Jack who saved me as much as I saved him (he was a feral rescue cat). The story of Bob reminds me of my friend and makes me heart sing.

  3. Shared on my facebook wall. I would love to read this book, I have had cats all my life and know the bond that exisits.

  4. Just in case anyone is interested, I read this first book last year when it came out, and this year, the new book “The World According to Bob” relating their further adventures, was just released in the UK.

    I ordered it through Amazon.UK and just received it a couple of days ago. Haven’t started reading it yet, since I’m in the middle of another book, but I’m looking forward to finding out how they’ve been doing lately.

    Didn’t take too long to arrive, and shipping wasn’t prohibitive…in case anyone, like me, doesn’t want to wait for the US release.

  5. I’d LOVE to win this book cos we’ve been following Bob since you reviewed the book last year. We follow him on FB and Twitter. TW even cried over that video.

  6. I love cats, but I am also a special education teacher. I will incoporate Bob into my classroom lessons this year. All children, especially children with disabilities, love animals. Bob will reach some of my students in ways that I cannot. I downloaded a copy of this book the day it was released in the US, but I would love a hard copy for my classroom. What a wonderful story of hope and how animals can be Angels in disquise!

    I shared this link on facebook.

  7. I read and review cat books for our website for our shelter http://www.neadycats.org. We are totally volunteer and take in many homeless cats (many teenage moms) and so any freebies that come along at least we ask. This would be a wonderful book to review and then give out as a (slightly pre-read) auction item at one of our functions.
    SJ (Mummylady)

  8. I collect and review cat books for our shelter website http://www.neadycats.com. This would be a great book to read and review, and then give it (slightly pre-read) as a doorprize at one of our fundraisers. A lot of our kitties are former street cats and many are teenage unwed moms. We are totally volunteeer and so any chance at a freebie we at least ask!

  9. I had a cat once that kinda saved my life by just being there when I needed someone to love. Her named was Stormy and she got that name because when I first got her she was meowing up a storm so I told her that was her name. Sometimes I think that if a cat could talk then you wouldn’t need anyone else…..

  10. I shared on my page to share with everyone but especially knowing my sisters will enjoy this book also!

  11. I’ve been following Bob and James’ story on facebook since last year and I have been so excited and waiting for it to come out here in the US. This story looks to be as wonderful as Gwen and Homer’s. I truly can’t wait to read it. Thanks for offering up some as gifts!

  12. I had seen this offered as a giveaway before. I would love to read this book and see how the cat helped his homeless owner cope and begin to love and trust again because of him.

  13. I would love to read this book then send it to our friend. He used to be a homeless person. He became our friend and lived with us for awhile. During the time with us, he helped save my daughter’s life one night when she was joking on vomit while on her back when she was having a seizure. The seizure dogs alerted both of us; he got to her about the same time I did and helped turn my daughter on her side so she would not joke and so she could breathe. When I was working, he would get Amanda off the transport bus after arriving home from daycare and fix her a snack to eat.

    He is a very good friend. When I “Make It” with a business endeavor on the Internet in spite of my own disabilities, I will make sure he and his family are well taken care of as well. He is a very special person. He’s a little quirky, like me; but, a very special person.

  14. This looks like such a good, heart-warming story. I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  15. A Street Cat Named Bob has been on my wish list since I first heard about it…I’d love to win a copy!

  16. I have been following the story of Bob and James and would love to read the book. I have 2 cats and have seen them transform my husband into a better person. I would love a copy of the book. Yay Bob!

  17. I would love to win/read this book because it is a true life fairy tale of a pet and a human who saved each other. We know animals do this for us and we for them, but this one is extraordinary.

  18. I love love LOVE kitties!!! My friends and family joke that I am a “crazy cat lady” ….. but I don’t see how that’s possible cuz I only have five 😉

  19. This story is one of triumph and the love of man and beast. I’ve been wanting to get a copy for awhile. I’ve shared this story on my facebook page.

  20. Will read the book, but it would be fabulous to actually win a copy. The bond between James and Bob is extraordinary! Well, maybe not the bond, but the whole story!

    I’m going to share this contest on my own FB page and on our LAPCATS page.

    • James and Bob have a facebook page too. Just type in James Bowen and street cat Bob.
      I loved this book. And the sequel.

  21. OMG! I’m so excited that this book is FINALLY going to be available! I’ve had it on my wish list with Amazon for FOREVER! {since last year!} In fact I have it twice, lol.

    I’m thrilled to finally be able to read it! I didn’t realize there was such a following behind them. I just saw the book and loved the whole idea of the story. Since I’ve worked with the homeless locally, homelessness is an important issue for me and of course cats are as well so it was the perfect combination to read.

    Thanks for such an amazing opportunity!!

  22. My cat Noelle changed my life when I was all alone, in a foreign country, so I can relate to James feelings. It is amazing what animals can do for you when you give them some love. I’d love to win the book and get to know James and Bob’s story!

  23. This is such a beautiful, touching story. I live in a city where there are a lot of homeless people and sometimes they are just ignored and treated as though they are not human. This story proves differently. What a smart, adorable cat Bob is too!!! I have to read this book!!!

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