James Bowen was a recovering heroin addict trying to put his life back together when he met a stray cat who needed a friend as much as he did, and they both needed Blue Cross…
Nine years ago James Bowen’s world was a mess. He had no direction or purpose in life other than survival – and keeping off heroin.
But all that changed the day a stray and injured ginger tomcat walked into his life and refused to leave. James was living hand to mouth in sheltered accommodation and the last thing he needed was a pet, but he couldn’t resist helping him. He nursed the cat, who he called Bob, back to health and sent him on his way, imagining that he’d never see him again.
But Bob had other plans. After several attempts to follow James up the street, on to the bus and, during one hairy moment, across the street, James realised that Bob was here to stay and it was his job to keep him safe. Equally, Bob had decided it was his job to keep James safe too.
The pair became inseparable and, with each other’s help, James and Bob have healed the scars of their past and transformed their lives. The incredible story of their friendship and adventures on the streets of London became a number one bestselling book internationally, called A Street Cat Named Bob, and has now been turned into a film.