A Street Cat Named Bob

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

This book was a really sweet, easy read. It is about a man who is a recovering drug addict, who takes in a street cat & about the various challenges they face, as well as stories about their bond as it gets stronger.


I'm typing this as my ginger cat (called Orlando) sits on the laptop charger (nice & warm) so I totally get where James (the author/Bobs human) comes from. My cat was a street cat, & whilst it was a very different situation (i.e.- I'm not a recovering drug addict & have never been homeless) Orlando is like my child & some mornings needing to feed him & keep a roof over his head is the reason I go to work.


I loved this story. I liked hearing about things that are different to anything I've heard about before. It talked about the nitty-gritty of going off methadone & breaking contact with family, the lonliness, & then getting it back on track. It has also made me think twice about ignoring The Big Issue guys next time I see them (we don't have them in Auckland, but I've seen them a few time in London).


This book did have a few grammar errors that is noticed (commas in the wrong place, using words that aren't words, like disorganised instead of unorganised). Usually this kind of thing bugs me, but I found it endearing this time.


I would really like to know more about how Bob & James are getting on, but no doubt that will be easily found on the internet. The book said that Bob had a twitter page that is @streetcatbob. I would definately recommend this book to others, it is so sweet.


Oh, & not that it matters but I didn't like the name Bob for the cat. So in my head I've called him Humphrey. I don't know why, but I also called Lisbeth Salander (from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) Elizabeth, & probably a few others that I can't think of right now. Oh, & yes, Google turns up a lot of stuff on Bob & James. Win.