James Bowen: A Street Cat Named Bob


The uplifting true story of an unlikely friendship between a man on the streets of Covent Garden and the ginger cat who adopts him and helps him heal his life. Now a major motion picture starring Luke Treadaway.

When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet.

Yet James couldn’t resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other’s troubled pasts.

A Street Cat Named Bob
 is a moving and uplifting story that will touch the heart of anyone who reads it.


I approached this book with some caution, as I’m not a cat person so I wasn’t sure that I’d be able to connect with this story. However, I actually enjoyed Bowen’s account of how he met Bob and how they helped each other through some difficult times. I took Bob to my heart fairly quickly and was genuinely interested in their adventures together.

James Bowen found Bob at a time of great personal difficulty and I learnt a lot about what it is like to be homeless and recovering from addiction. I had a lot of misconceptions about these issues and I was interested to find out more about them.

I listened to the Audible version of A Street Cat Named Bob. I found the narration really authentic and it really captured Bowen’s character. Bowen talks to people from a range of cultures and some of the accents are a little off the mark, but overall it was a really heartwarming and uplifting book to listen to.

A Street Cat Named Bob is available from Amazon.


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