What’s not to love about these “Bob” books? They tell the heartwarming—and true– story of a down-on- his- luck young man and a homeless cat and how each gets a second chance in life.
Author James Bowen was a recovering heroin addict, estranged from his family and surviving by busking on the streets of London, England. One cold winter’s day he encountered Bob, a hungry, injured and homeless cat. James makes the life-changing decision to adopt Bob. Bob, in return, offers James companionship, unconditional love and the chance to be responsible for someone other than himself.
Apparently they made quite a sight, a tall, scruffy-looking “bloke” walking the streets with a ginger cat perched on his shoulders—or, alternatively, travelling on the bus together.
Before Bob, James felt invisible and marginalized on the London streets. But with Bob in tow, he drew all kinds of warm, friendly attention. Though there were also encounters with nasty, unpleasant people, not to mention nasty, unpleasant dogs wanting to sink their teeth into Bob. Even a scary snake comes into the story.
These are wonderful books. I loved the close bond between James and Bob and even more how James was able to turn his life around. The author comes across as decent and seems pretty honest about the mistakes he’s made in life. And Bob? I have to admit it, I’m a cat person. So I thought Bob was intelligent, charming and—excuse me– just about purrfect.
– – Penny D.