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A Street Cat Named Bob–A Book Giveaway

By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views

The book is available in hard cover, paperback, and an ebook version.

The book is available in hard cover, paperback, and an ebook version.

Every once in a while I come across a book  that I can’t put down. I started reading A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen while my husband was watching TV.  The room was noisy, and like a cat, I can be easily distracted. However, I tuned everything out and focused on James Bowen’s story about a cat named Bob who saved James’ life.

Recovering from drugs and living a threadbare existence, things changed when James met Bob, who was also down on his luck. The orange tabby was scruffy, hurt, and hungry. He appeared one day on a neighbor’s doorstep. James knocked on the door, and the neighbor said it wasn’t his cat. So James decided to bring Bob home.

Over the course of several weeks, James nursed Bob back to good health. While taking care of Bob, James found a purpose. He was responsible for someone else, and he took this role seriously.

Bob Follow James to Work
James worked as a street musician on the streets of London; Bob would follow him on his long trip to work, which included a bus ride.  When James set up shop, Bob would plop himself down in James’ guitar case. People admired the handsome orange tabby with the pink nose; they would slow down, listen, and toss coins and bills into the guitar case.

James shares a lot of adventures with Bob. The time Bob got lost, I read frantically worrying about Bob.

Enter to Win A Copy of the Book
I don’t want to give the story away. It’s an entertaining read, and I know you will enjoy it. What I do want to do is give away a few copies of the book to Pet News and Views’ readers. At the end of this post, leave a comment, and I will put all of the names together at Random.com. Three winners will be picked.

The book, A Street Cat Named Bob And How He Saved My Life,  is published by St. Martin’s Press. It’s a best seller in the U.K., and is being optioned for a movie. You can also read Bob and James’ blog and order their book by clicking here. To enter the contest, leave a comment in the comments section of this blog. Good luck! The contest ends August 8, 2013.


A Note from Michele: The contest is closed. Thanks to all of you for entering and for reading Pet News and Views.

34 comments to A Street Cat Named Bob–A Book Giveaway

  • Aliza

    This looks like a wonderful book! I’d love to read it.

  • Sounds like a great book- my dog Noah came into our lives at the best time-just before several family emergencies -he helped us through them all by being a great dog buddy. Excellent post- I enjoy your work.

  • I love stories like these. They are so heartwarming. Nice to know they had each other to help themselves. Thanks for sharing a great story and cool idea to do a giveaway. Put my name in!

  • Wow, this bob sounds amazing. Does this book have photos?

  • I might want to get this book for my catty grandchildren. they might really like it. How old would you say a kid has to be to read this book?

  • Michele,

    Thanks for letting us know about “A Street Cat Named Bob”. I look forward to
    reading the book. Hope I am one of the lucky winners to receive a copy.


    Mary Ann
    Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network

  • Rhonda Rogers

    Animals save lives, too!

  • Barbara

    Thanks for sharing this review. This sounds like a book I would want to read.

  • barbara

    Sounds like a wonderfully heartwarming story. I would love to read it.

  • This sounds great! I hope I win and I am happy for Bob and James!

  • liz Hildebrandt

    Sounds like a great story! Thanks for sharing!

  • Ginger Geronimo

    This sounds like such a heartwarming story. I am a huge animal lover & activist. I would really love to read this!!

  • Aly

    I would love to win a copy. We have an orange tabby that we found. His name is James!

  • Abe Giordano

    This sounds like a great story! I am looking forward to reading it, and hope it does come out as a movie!

  • Hi Linda, I shared it with Jordon, who is 12. I think it is good for people ages 12 and up. It is marketed to adults.–Michele

  • Only the photo on the cover. There are YouTube videos you can find online of James and Bob. –Michele

  • Cynthia

    I got connected to Bob via Twitter and I’m hooked!

  • Mike

    I just got the book but haven’t started reading it yet.
    Hope I’m not disqualified, it would be cool to have another copy to share with a fellow cat- person. Thanks!

  • Paulina

    I’m still looking for a suitable name for my indoor cat temporarily named Kitty, so maybe reading an author who is better at naming cats will inspire me 🙂

  • David

    Being a busker myself, I know that pets are a real comfort to the homeless. Sounds like a heartfelt book.

  • Val

    I have recently read the book – it’s a real feelgood story and wonderfully illustrates the total bond between James and Bob. I have a signed copy which will go into an auction for my local Cats Protection branch, so would love to win a copy to keep!

  • sarah

    Wonderful book. Everyone should read it!

  • Connie Crow

    Would be great reading. Need something uplifting right now.

  • Melissa Stoneburner

    Would love to have a copy of this book!

  • Karen Marshall

    Good review of a very moving story. I loved it and now follow James and Bob on twitter.
    Would live to win a copy for my niece.

  • George

    We have 4 and 1/2 cats. The 1/2 a cat is a stray who visits daily. I would love to win this book.

  • Christine Walker

    That dear little cat is adorable, he and James were destined to Save each other. A true friendship with total commitment from one to the other.

  • carole cadman

    I have read the book then passed it on to my son to read we were both inspired by bob and James i then passed it on to a work colleague. Who loves it she still has it do I would like a spare copy. To pass around to peoplek

    who i think would love it as i do i would like to ho to one of the signings to get it signed. By the wonderful duo xx

  • Elizabeth Mogensen

    Cats are wonderful to help people at their most vulnerable times and in rehab too i will enjoy to read this story of this wonderful feline Bob

  • Diann Weidhaas

    Thank You so much for making me aware of this heartwarming book, I am looking forward to reading it. Being a animal lover, I read every book there is about them, at 63 I still cry when I watch ‘Old Yeller’.

  • Kelly Ann T.

    Pets are amazing and they can help us when another human cannot. The power of animals is wonderful. I would love to read this book.

  • Maika'i

    I appreciate the opportunity to win a copy of ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’,thank you.

  • Laura wells

    I read. Read, read, read and would LOVE to read your book!

  • Crystal Rector

    This sounds like a book that not only would I like to read, but I would like to get a copy for two of my strongest cat-loving influences (my mom and dad) as well!!