A strange coincidence!
While I was in my grocery shop reading the story of A Street Cat Named Bob on my laptop I suddenly heard a screaming out there in the street: “Watch out, watch out! Stop the car! You’re going to kill the cat!” Then I rushed out of my shop to surprisingly find a heroin addicted man yelling at the passers: “I told him to stop the car, I warned him!” Unfortunately, the cat is dead, ran over by an inhumane car driver who continued his way carelessly, the car was a State vehicle! That’s a sad story, but the next one has a different ending, and it’s about a heroin addicted man and a cat.
A Street Cat Named Bob
A Street Cat Named Bob is a moving and an uplifting story that will touch the heart of anyone who reads it, based on real events. James Bowen, a busker with heroin addiction has found in a friendly cat his last chance to live.
In 2007, after trying to rehabilitate himself for the umpteenth time his drug addiction, James received an unexpected visit; a ginger street cat broke into his apartment to steal food. The kitten was hurt and hungry. Bowen lived up with what little was left from performing street music. However, he decided to take the cat to the vet and all his money was spent which was not much in medical care.
“It was pretty much the last money I had, but I didn’t feel it was too much to help something in need. I’ve always loved cats,” Bowen told the Daily Mail.
Without money or food, one day the young man decided to go with the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob, to earn their living. Since then, the two have been busking together, with Bob usually perched on James’ shoulder. They have become popular with the locals, with passers-by donating scarves and jumpers for Bob. The story of James and Bob began to become famous in the social networks. More and more people recognised them and wanted to take a selfie.
Bowen, who says the cat helped lift him out of drug addiction and turned his life around, wrote a book about their story called “A Street Cat Named Bob” which became an overnight bestseller, and both their lives changed forever again. James had saved his life; Bob had done exactly the same favour.
Who knows why certain books sell? Maybe they capture a mood, or a moment in time, or a need that we didn’t know we had. But a book that sells can change a writer’s life forever.
Bowen summarises the story:
“I was homeless and struggling with substance abuse before I met a little ginger stray tom cat, whom I have named Bob, who has helped me realise that there are more things in life to focus on than drugs. He helped me overcome addiction, by being a loyal and compassionate companion, and giving me something other than myself to look after. He has simply become my best friend, and has looked after me just as much as I have him.”
Books and movies
After the first book and a bestseller that reached a million copies in the UK, Bowen decided to continue telling the world his story to inspire thousands to change their lives: He published in 2013 The World According to Bob. Both books became translated into more than 30 languages and sold worldwide.
Now in 2016, Sony Pictures decided to bring the story of these particular friends street to the big screen. Played by Luke Treadaway, A Street Cat Named Bob hit theatres worldwide from 26 November.