A few months I wrote a book review that tells the story of a very special London Celeb. I’m chuffed to say that I’ve just read the sequel, and it’s just as heart warming.
London is a regular haunt for A-listers. From movie premieres, eating in the latest nouveau restaurants to living their fashionable London pads, they are practically everywhere. With one celeb though, it’s not the latest Gucci dress release or miracle skin treatment guaranteed to get rid of wrinkles, that will get him out of bed and prowling the streets for his adoring public.
Isn’t he magnificent?
Now, you are either probably rolling your eyes thinking I’m crazy, are already in the know or I’ve managed to pique your interest.
Please may I introduce Bob, and his owner James Bowen. Now an international print success, Bob is a street cat that adopted a recovering drug addict and helped turn his life around. James became a Youtube hit, then landed a book deal about this special ginger tom – how he was ill, nursed Bob back to health then followed James into town where he was busking one day.
Since then he has become a huge hit, their tale A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets attracting a book deal which (according to Wikipedia) has sold 1,000,000 copies, been translated into 29 languages and spent over 76 weeks at the top of the Sunday Times’ bestseller list. Originally released on July 4, 2013, it has now spent every week in the top 10 of ‘The Sunday Times’ bestseller list with only two of those weeks not at No.1.
Bob used to regularly accompany James into town, and as you can see by the first photo, draws an immense crowd, all hoping to catch this unusual pair. Bob is as bright as a button, performing small tricks for treats, happily soaking up the attention and gratefully accepting the treats he is showered with – food and knitted items alike. James’ only thought is for his welfare – keeping Bob from being too crowded, frightened or overfed – he also carefully controls the treats offered to Bob – I suspect to Bob’s chagrin.
Bob’s stardom doesn’t seem to have gone to his head, a few months ago he was out on a cool Saturday afternoon allowing us to come and say hey – and letting James sign copies of his book on his behalf. I’m told by reliable sources that he still uses his personalised Oyster card to catch the tube to and from home, takes life as it comes and clearly adores James. If Bob doesn’t feel like going out, James leaves him at home;
Not to show off, but I’ve met a few celebs since living in London, and he was by far the most excited I was to meet – and certainly the least demanding. Cat treats, pats and cat milk is all he is bothered about dahrling.
His new book, The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-wise Cat
is a continuation of their story; how they’ve coped with their new lives, fame and are moving onwards and upwards. You all know that I’m a crazy-cat-lady in training, and anything with a cat in it is likely to break my heart, but this story especially tugs at the heart-strings in the guts-and-all telling. James and Bob are real personalities in a real world, coping with real life situations. Through it all, they have a deep, unique bond that anyone a fur-baby will be able to appreciate, though theirs is more profound.
Boys, I doff my cap to you, and hope to meet you again soon if Bob isn’t getting too sick of the limelight and book signings!