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.
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Roger Spottiswoode - The director. W hen 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. S oon 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.
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James is struggling to overcome heroin addiction. A social worker helps him to get off the streets in the hope that having a stable place to live will help James stick to his methadone program. Under 5 In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, A Street Cat Named Bob has some scenes that could scare or disturb children under five years. For example:. From Children in this age group are likely to be disturbed by the scenes mentioned above.