A Street Cat Named Bob

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 08 April, 2012, 12:00am


A Street Cat Named Bob
by James Bowen (read by Kris Milnes)
Hodder & Stoughton (audiobook)

Only cat lovers would buy a book like this. Bob, an underfed, scrappy ginger tom, turns up outside the flat of London-based author James Bowen, a 'failed musician and recovering drug addict', and, after being nursed back to health, decides that he doesn't want to leave. When Bowen decides the time has come to part ways, he locks the cat out of the flat and takes off for his regular 'job' busking in Covent Garden. But Bob tails him, and leaps onto his lap on a bus. Bowen's second surprise is that with the cat around he earns three times as much playing music because Bob makes passers-by feel more charitable. Bob also works his magic when Bowen starts selling

The Big Issue, the magazine sold by homeless people. Instead of strangers hissing 'Get a job' at Bowen, they ask if they can photograph his cat. No big surprise, then, that Bob becomes famous;

a video of him becomes a hit on YouTube. Don't buy this if anthropomorphising animals gets your goat. But there are worseways to spend a few hours than listening to Kris Milnes' heart-warming narration.