• 11th November 2016

Review: A Streetcat Named Bob

If you have been with me since the beginning of She Who Lives, you might just be familiar with this review. When I brought She Who Lives over to this new website, unfortunately, I couldn’t bring all my old blog posts with me. I have to manually grab the text and upload everything again. I thought I would share this one with you again though as I have just come back from watching the film at the cinema. I am a massive Bob and James fan so couldn’t wait to see their story play out on the big screen. It’s a definite must-see and is the perfect, heart-warming film to watch in the run-up to Christmas. Anyway, here is my book review!

Since finishing University, I have been non-stop reading. I love getting lost in a good book but as many of you might know, it’s hard when you are in full time education and your life is overtaken by lectures, textbooks and exams. I could simply never find the time to read. I prefer reading at night before going to sleep. For me, it’s the perfect time to wind down at the end of the day. However when I was a student, I was either too exhausted or up too late. The last thing I wanted to do at 2am was read! Sleep was the only thing on my mind…

That chapter of my life is now over and I am so grateful that I have the time to read again. I finished A Streetcat Named Bob recently after it was recommended to me by a friend. As an animal lover, I was keen to give it a read but I was also drawn to the story of James Bowen.

The book follows the story of James, a young man who had an extremely unsettled life which resulted in him becoming homeless. He spent almost 10 years either sleeping on the streets or staying in charity-run accommodation designed to help the homeless. In 2007, he was living in sheltered accommodation and busked in London’s Covent Garden. It was at this stage of his life that he met Bob. What follows is the heart-warming tale of how Bob found James and decided to never leave his side and how he quickly began to change James’ life for the better.

Streetcar named BobFor any animal lover, this is a must read. It highlights how animals can completely change our lives even in the darkest of times. They will always be there for you no matter what, will never judge you and as Bob experiences, will always find their way home.

I also think this book does a great job in highlighting the issue of homelessness in this country. Those people that you walk by on the street without giving them a second glance, they all have their own stories. They are humans just like you and I and they all have their own reasons why they are sat on that cold pavement. Reading this book was such an eye-opener. You get a glance at what it really feels like to have people look at you like you are the scum of the earth.

In the book, when things start to get quite tough for James, he starts to sell The Big Issue. For me, this highlighted how fantastic this scheme is. It offers people on the street a ray of light and gives them the chance to have a job and make their own money. For those who may be reading this and aren’t familiar with The Big Issue, it is a magazine written by professional journalists and sold by homeless people on the streets of towns and cities so they can earn a legitimate income. Personally, I think we need more great schemes and campaigns like this. I don’t think we can ever eliminate the issue of homelessness completely, but if we could only keep these people safe and give them a chance, then that’s better than nothing.

I’d like to finish this review by congratulating James and Bob. They have recently raised enough money to open Bob’s World Cat Café thanks to the generosity of Bob-fans. The café will provide a home for homeless, abused or unwanted cats and a safe haven for people who want to enjoy an array of refreshments whilst being surrounded by cats! You can follow James and Bob on Twitter @StreetCatBob and like their Facebook page.

Have you read the Bob book series? Please let me know what you think and tweet me @SheWhoLives1

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