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一个叫鲍勃的流浪猫 A street cat named Bob.感动人的一本书  

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2227639/James-Bowen-Best-selling-true-story-busker-got-life-track-thanks-stray-cat-film.html

无意有缘读到了这本书。真是不后悔在浦东机场买书的100元(英文原版)。

一口气读完,连旅游都愿意放弃,为了读完这本书。百感交集,心情又沉重又温馨,又激动。

建议任何生活在底层正在挣扎的人读一读,建议任何喜爱宠物特别是猫咪的人读读。当然要懂英文。还不知是否有中文版。

是一个叫James的年轻人,在与毒品搏斗,与贫困和绝望搏斗的时候,和这只橘黄色的猫邂逅,然后在猫的“帮助”下,逐渐战胜毒品,改变人生找到希望的故事,是一个真实的故事。据说他们现在仍然在伦敦卖唱和买杂志The Big Issue。

如果海立读到了这本书多好啊!!!


How Bob the busking cat is heading to Hollywood: The enchanting bestselling story of a stray moggy who saved a man's life is set to be a movie
Book A Stray Cat Named Bob has sold more than 250,000 copies
Literary agent who brokered box office hit Marley & Me in film talks for story
Cool cat: James Bowen and Bob the cat's enchanting story has made him a bestseller

Cool cat: James Bowen and Bob the cat's enchanting story has made him a bestseller


A bright afternoon in London’s Covent Garden and the cobbled streets are choc-a-bloc. Office workers rush to and from lunch, tourists mill around, and shoppers pop in and out of the smart boutiques.

In the middle of them all sits a cat wearing a jaunty Union Jack neckerchief. Surrounded by a crowd of 30 open-mouthed spectators, Bob, a tubby ginger tom, smiles beatifically.

Next to him, his owner James Bowen stands with his battered acoustic guitar, belting out a series of Oasis songs. Every now and then, he stops playing and bends down to Bob. ‘Come on, Bob, high-five!’ he says.

Bob twitches his whiskers, raises a paw, and taps James’s outstretched hand. The crowd coos. A smart-looking lady in a pink dress and jacket pops a ?20 note in the cap at Bob’s feet.

It’s not every day that you see a cat sitting calmly in Central London, apparently unfazed by the blaring sirens, passing cars and general hubbub — but Bob is no ordinary cat.

Bob, you see, is a star. He has his own Twitter account (with 12,000 followers), his own Facebook page, even his own fan group, the Street Cats, who send him photos, scrapbooks and presents.

Oh yes, he also has his own bestseller and is in ‘talks’ with a Hollywood agent about taking his story to the big screen. Well, it’s Bob’s owner, James, who is leading the discussions, but he’s in no doubt that he owes it all to his cat.

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James Bowen's book about stray cat Bob (pictured together) who he adopted has sold more than 250,000 copies and is being considered for film by the same agent who brokered Marley & Me

Best-seller: James Bowen's book about stray cat Bob (pictured together) who he adopted has sold more than 250,000 copies and is being considered for film by the same agent who brokered Marley & Me

James’s book, A Street Cat Named Bob, a feelgood story that chronicles how the 33-year-old busker and one-time homeless heroin-addict turned his life around with the help of his cat, has sold more than 250,000 copies and been translated into 18 different languages.

So far, the book has made James around ?30,000 — a figure that is likely to rocket now there’s a film on the horizon.

Mary Panchos, the literary agent who discovered James and Bob selling The Big Issue, previously acted as the UK agent for Marley & Me, a book about a mischievous dog who forms a special bond with his human family.

The film version, starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, made almost $15 million on its first day.


After Bob refused to leave Mr Bowen alone, he decided to take him busking and before long he was making almost three times his usual earnings as the pair attracted more and more fans

Tripled his earnings: After Bob refused to leave Mr Bowen alone, he decided to take him busking and before long he was making almost three times his usual earnings as the pair attracted more and more fans


Mr Bowen, who was recovering from drug addiction, said Bob helped him turn his life around

'Owe everything to Bob': Mr Bowen, who was recovering from drug addiction, said Bob helped him turn his life around after he refused to leave him alone, even travelling on public transport before Mr Bowen decided to keep him


Fortune then, as well as fame, beckons for Bob and his friend. ‘I owe everything to Bob,’ says James. ‘We’ve been on quite a journey together.’


Hi five: The relationship between James and Ginger Bob could be made into a Hollywood film

Hi five: The relationship between James and Ginger Bob could be made into a Hollywood film


It all began five-and-a-half years ago, on a grey Thursday evening in March, when James found Bob, starving and wounded, on the stairwell of his block of council flats in Tottenham, North London.

‘He was hiding in my building — he had been attacked by another cat, or maybe a fox. He had a great big wound on his side, the poor thing.’

Struggling to wean himself off drugs, James was initially reluctant to take in the poor creature. ‘I assumed he belonged to someone. I asked around, but there was no one.’

After three days, James cleaned his wounds and took him to the RSPCA for a course of antibiotics, which cost ?28. At the time, James was busking and earning just ?25 a day. ‘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,’ says James.

Dependent on methadone and living in a small one-bedroom flat, James’s life had veered badly off course just a few years earlier.

When he was just three, his parents had separated and he moved from Surrey to Australia with his mother Penelope, a saleswoman. There, they moved between Melbourne and various towns in Western Australia, at one stage moving back to the UK for six years before returning to Australia.

‘My mum was a product of the Eighties — she always spent more money than she could make. She’d start these businesses but she always ended up selling them, or they just collapsed.


The pair turn heads on the street as Bob happily sits on Mr Bowen's shoulders
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2227639/James-Bowen-Best-selling-true-story-busker-got-life-track-thanks-stray-cat-film.html#ixzz2dRKk48NV
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