Bob the street cat gets a book deal

A musician on hard times helps an injured street cat who then adopts him.  Now they have a book deal!

LONDON – James Bowen found an injured street cat curled up in what passed for his living space, he had no idea that a simple act of kindness would change his life.

Bowen, a musician who had fallen on hard times, was making the best he could of his life on the streets, working as a vendor for The Big Issue, a weekly magazine published as a means for homeless people to earn money and work their way to a more secure future.

Although is own circumstances were far from ideal, Bowen couldn’t let the cat suffer without at least trying to do something to help, He took the street cat to the nearest branch of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). Vets there drained an abscess, fixed him up, and sent him “home” with Bowen.

The two shared Bowen’s accommodations as he nursed the cat — Bowen had named him Bob — back to health with the antibiotics the RSPCA had provided, and sent him on his way. Bowen figured he’d never see Bob again.

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Apparently Bob had become quite attached to his new buddy. He began following Bowen everywhere he went, including his vendor station near the Angel Tube station in the Islington borough of London.

Bowen and Bob the street cat became a fixture outside the Tube station. Customers began stopping to visit with the cat, and because Bowen was earning money by selling The Big Issue, he has been able to keep Bob well fed. Bob even rides on Bowen’s shoulders when he’s too tired to walk anymore.

On August 4, Annie Mole’s Going Underground Blog reported that publishers Hodder and Stroughton had signed Bowen to book deal and A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets of London will be published in March 2012.

Bob the street cat and Mr. Bowen can thank The Big Issue for bringing them together

WHAT IS ‘THE BIG ISSUE’ – The Big Issue exists to offer homeless and vulnerably housed people the opportunity to earn a legitimate income. We produce a weekly entertainment and current affairs magazine which vendors buy from us for £1 and sell to the public for £2, keeping £1 for themselves. Vendors must adhere to a code of conduct whilst selling the magazine.

We believe in offering ‘a hand up, not a hand out’, but we also recognize that earning an income is the first step on the journey away from homelessness. The Big Issue Foundation is a registered charity which exists to link vendors with the vital support which will help them address the issues which have led to their homelessness. The Foundation works exclusively with vendors, offering support, advice and referrals.

James Bowen and Bob the street cat will be hearing from Hollywood.

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17 Responses to Bob the street cat gets a book deal

  1. Collin Hinds Reply

    August 14, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Very cool.

  2. Leslie Parsley Reply

    August 14, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Nice story. Hope Mr. Bowen gets enough money he can get off the streets.

  3. JackieMackey Reply

    August 14, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    What a sweet story, Holte you are such a softie.

  4. dp1053 Reply

    August 14, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Guess they each found their soul mate. Good luck to them both.

  5. Barry West Reply

    August 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I love this place because you can find all sorts of good stuff to read like stories like this which made my otherwise sad day happy. Thanks.

  6. Jess Reply

    August 14, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    I made a donation to ASPCA in Bob the cat’s name just because of this Holte. What a pair finding each other, pretty cool.

    • Holte Ender Reply

      August 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      So Jess, the ripples of kindness have spread out from London to your ASPCA. Kindness begets kindness.

  7. Annie Mole Reply

    August 17, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Thank so much for reporting about Bob & James – my name’s actually Annie Mole, not Mollie Mole, but hey, I’ll be called anything if it spreads the word stateside about Bob. All the best, Annie

    • Holte Ender Reply

      August 17, 2011 at 7:42 am

      Whoa, sorry about the name cock-up Annie, sometimes the sources we use let us down. Thanks for your part in such a great story. We appreciate you stopping by. Hope the book is a best seller.

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  10. Sally Reply

    March 15, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Is Mr. Bowen still in the street with his friend? I hope they found thier home! I’m so sorry I live too far!

  11. Annie Mole (@Anniemole) Reply

    March 15, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I’m about to do a post on them as I went to the book launch a couple of nights ago and there was a really long queue for the book signing and they both looked really well 🙂

  12. Annie Mole (@Anniemole) Reply

    March 16, 2012 at 4:44 am

  13. Sugar Mom Reply

    April 25, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Being able to value every day of you life and help someone else out when your are in need yourself is such a wonderful gift! Such stories makes me believe that there is hope for this world! So sad I couldn’t go to the book opening…

  14. Alexandra Reply

    September 5, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    That man is an angel and so is Bob! This story made me tear up in a happy way. I want the book!

  15. AussieM Reply

    September 13, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Have just finished reading the book, great read. I wish James and Bob the very best of health and happiness throughout their lives.

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