A Street Cat Named Bob By James Bowen

Jan Leeming

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Date: 21st April 2012


A friend alerted me to the This Morning interview about a young busker who’d befriended an injured stray marmalade tabby cat. Having watched it and been very impressed I then watched some of the clips on YouTube.

Couldn’t wait to buy the book and had to order it at Waterstones because it was already out of print.

It’s a lovely read and very heartwarming – the story of the friendship and love which grew up between them – both helping the other. In James’ case the responsibility for his adopted cat’s life and wellbeing sets him on the road to recovery from near destitution and drug addiction. You would be amazed at the extent of the extremes of behaviour meted out by people to James and Bob – from overwhelming kindness to downright nastiness and meanness.

Watching the This Morning programme, you couldn’t help but warm to James and wish him well. I only hope he got a good deal from the publisher and that the money will kickstart his new life.

I’ve been asked to hand out one of the Awards at the Cats Protection League event in London later this year. I’ve suggested they might invite James along – it would be a pleasure to meet him and Bob. Mind you he might be too busy filming – I’ve heard that there might be a film of his adventures. They are going to find it difficult to find enough marmalade tabbies with Bob’s intelligence and uniqueness.

My own stray is also a marmalade tabby and but for the fact that my Tamby has white ‘socks’ he could be Bob.

If you are interested in the story just type in Bob the Street Cat on You Tube.  My only criticism of the book was that I expected a few photos and there were none except on the front and back covers - there are plenty on Youtube so why not in the book?

I think Tamby is suggesting that he too could be a TV Star - why he chose to sit under the TV heaven alone knows.


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