A Street Cat Named Bob

And How He Saved My Life

James Bowen

Thomas Dunne Books

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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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Chapter 1

Fellow Travellers

There’s an old adage I read somewhere. It says each of us is given second chances every day of our lives. They are there for the taking, it’s just that we don’t usually take them.

I spent a significant chunk of my life proving how true those words are. I was given a lot of opportunities, sometimes on a daily basis. For a long time I failed to take any of them, but then, in the early spring of 2007, that finally began to change. It was then that I befriended Bob. Looking back on it, something tells me it might have been his second

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"Stellar...A beautiful, never maudlin story of second chances for both man and beast and a poignant testimony to how much caring for someone -- or some feline -- can give you renewed direction where you're down and out. Understandably, this was a best-seller in England."
--Booklist (starred)

"A rich, moving story of the link between a street-wise cat and a man who earns his living on the streets—perfect for cat lovers."
--Kirkus

“Move over, Marley. A stray cat from north London could be heading for the lap of luxury as the cinema’s next box office pet sensation.”

--The Times (UK)

 

“A simple, sweet and ridiculously heartwarming story.”

--The Huffington Post

 

"A book with the strong ingredients that made Marley and Me and Dewey big successes…A warm and poignant memoir."

—The Guardian (UK)

 

A Street Cat Named Bob has sold over 350,000 copies in the UK, and has been published in 25 languages.”

--The Independent (UK)

 

"An instantly bestselling memoir that, besides its heartwarming tale of their friendship, offers an insight into the injustice of life on the streets."

—The Times (UK)

"Fans . . . queued around the block at James and Bob's first signing. The purrfectly behaved Bob signed an impressive 180 books in just two hours."
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About the Author

James Bowen

JAMES BOWEN was a street musician in London who found Bob the Cat in spring 2007 and the pair, now famous around the world, has been inseparable ever since. As their book climbed bestseller lists in many countries and their fame skyrocketed, Bob began to receive hand-knitted scarves from all over the world. He can do a great high five and remains a modest fellow despite the glory that has been heaped upon him.

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A Street Cat Named Bob
And How He Saved My Life
James Bowen

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
July 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250029461
ISBN10: 1250029465
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$24.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
10/7/2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250048677
ISBN10: 1250048672
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$14.99

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
July 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250029478
ISBN10: 1250029473
288 pages
$11.99
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