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A Street Cat Named Bob - Book Review

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by Simone Ribeiro (subscribe)
I am a Brazilian journalist based in Birmingham, UK. Visit my blog at http://
Published June 15th 2013
a ginger cat who changed a man's life
Even coming from a a wealthy family, life was never a bed of roses to the born in Surrey James Bowen.

From a troubled childhood in Australia to adulthood back to the UK where he had to face the streets of London, Bowen always had ups and downs in his life - fighting against a heroin addiction or trying to survive as a musician in the Covent Garden area, until the day he bumped into a special ginger street cat.

Far from being just a pet, Bob became truly a partner and together they shared days of adventures. "For the first time, I felt like family. It gave me the determination to make my life more comfortable, to make his life better, too."

A street cat named Bob is a moving true story; a best selling book in several countries that has been translated into 26 languages already.

The unlikely friendship between the pair brought some good and bad consequences to both, such as the drug treatment for James' addiction, but also ended up in the intolerance of people who thought Bob was being "used" by James.

It's also interesting to highlight how life is in the streets, as a Big Issue seller. It shows the pros and cons of such work, that is very common among homeless people in the United Kingdom.

A Street Cat Named Bob is really enjoyable reading which shows us not just a genuine friendship between a man and his pet but also makes us think about those (unlikely) things that sometimes happen in our lives that we can describe as "things that are meant to be".

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Your Comment
It sounds great. I have always felt so touched and my life enriched by pets i have had and animals i have met.
by Rota (score: 2|708) 1735 days ago
I like this story. Anyway animals understand us better than humans. And they are genuine.
by the.d (score: 0|2) 1733 days ago
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