I was contacted back in August by Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin's Press if I would be interested in receiving two cat related books to read. I was asked for comments about these two books for their marketing efforts but nothing more. And being someone who loves to read cat books of course I signed right up.
One of the books was A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen. The review the short version:
get the book. read the book. follow James on Facebook.
|Bob - from Facebook|
Granted, I felt absolutely ridiculous afterwards, but it charmed me all the more once I got over that. (btw, it is a very British book, as James and Bob are from London. )
Seriously, get the book, read the book. I'd offer up the copy I have but apparently I am a little over protective of it.
From the publisher:
A STREET CAT NAMED BOB by James Bowen is the memoir of a man whose bond with an abandoned cat provided him with hope and redemption living on the streets of London. James and Bob have become cult figures in London; please see their videos on YouTube (such as http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PccD1ULea4A&feature=fvwrel) for a moving portrait of their recent adventures. A Street Cat Named Bob has topped the bestseller list in England, and the pair have made friends with countless and sundry celebrities, including Sir Paul McCartney.
Praise for A Street Cat Named Bob:
“A warm and poignant memoir of how an injured ginger cat transformed the life of a man living on the streets…This is a book with the strong ingredients that made Marley & Me and Dewey such big successes.”–The Guardian (UK)
"Fans... queued around the block at James and Bob's first signing at the Islington branch of Waterstones last week. The purrfectly behaved Bob signed an impressive 180 books in just two hours."-- Bookseller (UK)
“This uplifting story touched my heart…As much as I love cat books, it’s rare that I come across one that I just can’t put down. I couldn’t stop turning the pages of this one.”
–The Conscious Cat (link to Ingrid's interview with James)