Friday Book Share: A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen

Hi, SEers! Mae here on my day to share a favorite book. This is always a tough one for me as there are so many great choices. Although my preferred reading genre is mystery/suspense/thriller, I often find gems elsewhere.

Such is the case with A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen. What makes this story so exceptional is that it’s true. James went from being a recovering drug addict and penniless busker to a bestselling international author—all because of his kindness toward a stray cat. His story has been made into a movie and he and Bob now do speaking engagements around the world. There is a Bob animated TV show, Bob books for kids, a Bob Twitter feed, website, and Instagram account. If you like Cinderella stories, you need to experience this tale of one man and his remarkable cat.

Here’s the blurb:

Book cover for A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen shows Bob, an orange tabbyThe Instant New York Times Bestseller!

James is a street musician struggling to make ends meet.
Bob is a stray cat looking for somewhere warm to sleep.

When James and Bob meet, they forge a never-to-be-forgotten friendship that has been charming readers from Thailand to Turkey.

A Street Cat Named Bob is an international sensation, landing on the bestseller list in England for 52 consecutive weeks and selling in 26 countries around the world. Now, James and Bob are ready to share their true story with the U.S. in this tale unlike any you’ve ever read of a cat who possesses some kind of magic.

When street musician James Bowen found an injured cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building, he had no idea how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London, barely making enough money to feed himself, and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn’t resist helping the strikingly intelligent but very sick animal, whom he named Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining that he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

Perfect for fans of Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog and Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat That Changed the World, this instant classic about the power of love between man and animal has taken the world by storm and is guaranteed to be a huge hit with American fans as well.

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I’d give this book ten stars if I could.  Highly recommended by moi.

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27 thoughts on “Friday Book Share: A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen

  1. Oh, this sounds like a fantastic story!!! Any animal lover would enjoy this tale and I have a feeling the street musician went through quite a metamorphosis through the story! Thanks for sharing, Mae!

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    • He certainly did,nJan. I was astounded by the differences a single act of kindness toward a stray cat made in the author’s life. This is a book I’m sure I will read again and again!


  2. I’m stunned to never have heard of this. It sounds like a great story, but I thought that of Marley and Me, too, and I couldn’t deal with the ending. I hope Bob’s story has a happier conclusion.

    I’m kind of enamored with the idea of naming a cat Bob.

    Thanks for the recommendation.

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