A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets by James BowenPlease dont think me churlish, but I will kick off by saying that this book is not terribly well crafted - its repetitive and poorly copy edited. So, if youre snobby about writing, I suggest you give it a miss. That said, itll be your loss, as it is a heartwarming book with an important message, for reasons other than its prose.
Bowen describes how he was `invisible when he was homeless, and the difference it made when he found Bob and took him busking with him. Suddenly people - the public - saw James, interacted with him, respected him. Having Bob humanised the man who was with him, and helped James turn his life around.
It echoes why this book matters: were it entitled `A Man Named James I strongly suspect it would be invisible too. I doubt it would be published, let alone topping the bestseller charts, with James on TV sharing his experience. As a cat lover, it was Bob that made me gravitate to the story, and Im sure Im not alone (he is a particularly fine feline for all sorts of reasons) but theres so much more to this than fluff: through telling us about Bob, James is also able to share what its like living on the streets, to busk, to sell the Big Issue and to come off drugs - all things most of us would otherwise shy away from reading about.
James Bowen isnt a writer, and he acknowledges at the end that he had some help in putting his story together anyway. But whilst A Streetcat Named Bob might not be great literature, it increases our understanding of people who often dont have a voice, and for that deserves its plaudits.
The One Show with James Bowen and his 'StreetCat' named Bob ! - 24th Oct 2016
Ladies, gentlemen, and more importantly Bob-lovers around the world:. The Big issue Foundation is honoured and proud to announce the first ever photographic print release of James and Street Cat Bob. James has generously made The Big issue Foundation the sole charity beneficiary of profits from the sale of these prints; helping more Big Issue vendors in situations like the one he was once in himself. There are four photos which are being used for the limited edition print release. The four prints are:.
James Bowen born 15 March  is an English author and busker  based in London. A movie based on the first two books was released in Bowen now dedicates his time to helping numerous charities that involve homelessness , literacy , and animal welfare. Bowen was born in Surrey in March Because they moved frequently, Bowen was often bullied at school. He later dropped out of education in his second year of high school, becoming a self-confessed "tearaway kid"; he was later diagnosed with ADHD , schizophrenia and manic depression. In , he returned to the United Kingdom to live with his half-sister and her husband.
First there was a book; then there was a film; now there will be a song — and another book — and all have a happy ending. The story of the life-changing relationship between Bob, a stray ginger cat, and his owner James Bowen, a former busker and heroin addict, has already sold millions of copies around the world and led to a feature film. Next month Bowen and his band are poised to issue their first single in time for Christmas.
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Please refresh the page and retry. He tries to shoo the cat away, but the cat refuses to leave. Cat moves in, and ends up with busker in Covent Garden , where he scrapes a living playing Nirvana songs to uninterested passers-by. With the cat drawing a crowd, things start looking up. Busker stops busking and starts selling The Big Issue. Spotted by smart literary agent who commissions a book. Leading to a raft of further books, which sell millions of copies around the world and lead to a film, A Street Cat Named Bob.
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For your chance to win this simply complete the actions in belows giveaway, but be quick you can only complete tasks until the 17th of February at Head over to LondonCats to purchase your tickets today! Thousands of cat enthusiasts, an international competition with over cats, and a multitude of quirky cat vendors all under one roof. This May, the felines are pushing aside their canine cousins and taking centre stage at the LondonCats International Show and Cat Expo, the cat equivalent to Crufts! A cat extravaganza like you have never seen before! In attendance will be every cat lovers favourite authors James Bowen and A Streetcat Named Bob who will be signing their bestselling books. Lerner uses her success to be an advocate for animal welfare.