Book Review: A Street Cat Named Bob

A sad day! Bob, the original Streetcat Bob, has left this world and left us all behind. He was at least 14 years old and his owner and human life partner James Bowen must be devastated. So in honor of Bob I am reblogging my original review of the book with the remarkable story of James, a recovering addict and a streetcat named Bob. Do give it read and wish Bob well on his journey onward to the next of his lives.



Why am I, a Horse Addict, writing a book review about a cat book? I don’t even own a cat. I would not describe myself as a “cat person”. So why review this book?

I am reviewing this book in the hope that if you have not already read it you will go out and buy it or order it today. This is not a cute little ‘cat’ story. This is the story of a recovering heroin addict scraping by as a street busker in London’s Covent Garden. His name is James Bowen. He lives in an assisted housing apartment building and one day he comes home to find an injured cat on the doorstep. He can’t afford a cat. He can hardly look after himself let alone an animal. But the cat waits him out and James gives in and they start a remarkable life together.

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13 responses to “Book Review: A Street Cat Named Bob”

  1. violaetcetera Avatar

    I was sad to hear about Bob’s passing, but it’s amazing how our furry companions can change our lives.

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      Yes it is. Bob saved James life and James saved Bob’s life. He was a angel in a cat’s body.. his job is done and now he has gone home. That is what I like to think anyway.

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  2. Emma Cownie Avatar

    That’s sad. I read the book and enjoyed it. He was a cool cat.

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      He was. Thanks for commenting Emma.


  3. Gavin and Wyatt Avatar

    Very sweet story.

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  4. The Backyard Horse Blog Avatar
    The Backyard Horse Blog

    Oh, no! As a cat person who has cared for over thirty cats, some my own and some fosters, I absolutley loved the series of Bob books. He and his person, James, had an incredible connection, and I was moved by their story. Amazing stuff. Sad to hear about Bob’s passing.

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      I feel the same way. I loved all the books and it was an amazing story of animal to human connection.

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  5. whippetwisdom Avatar

    So sorry to hear this Anne. Our thoughts are with James and all who knew and loved sweet Bob 💜🕊

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      I think Bob was no ordinary cat. Did James rescue him or did he rescue James? James has often said Bob saved his life so this will be a heartbreaker for him . Thank you for your comment Xenia. I’m sure James will appreciate your supportive thoughts.

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      1. shankjoejoe Avatar

        You’re very welcome!

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