James is a young man who’s had a very difficult life. When we meet him, he’s living in a small flat after living on the streets, and he’s trying to make some money by busking. Into his life comes one remarkable cat, who he names Bob – and this book tells the story of their relationship, and how James starts to claim back his life.
The focus really is on Bob, who is a very smart, loyal cat. We find out some of James’ back story, but the focus is on looking forward, and making changes, which I loved. It’s also an insight into life on the streets – James doesn’t hold back when talking about his problems, and some of the other people, but he also shows that there are people genuinely trying to help themselves – I think I, like many others who read this book, will make more of an effort to buy the Big Issue now.
It’s written in a fairly simple style, which is part of it’s appeal. It’s not high literature, nor is it written in a way to tug your emotional heartstrings.. although touched you will be. This is one guy, telling your his story.. and the story of the cat who quite simply changed his life. I wish them both all the best in the future.