Books About Cats
Book Review - A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen
Reviewed by: Emma Bailey - Twitter: @EBaileeyy
When my sister urged me some time ago to read ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’ by James Bowen, I outright declined, calling her a ‘crazy cat lady’ and declaring that I didn’t even like cats that much - why would I want to read about one? For some reason that I am now slightly ashamed of, I had this preconceived judgement about the book when, in fact, I knew absolutely nothing about it. It wasn’t until I was at the cinema earlier this year and I happened to see a trailer for the film that I realised how wrong I was.
The trailer hooked me instantly. Any British film featuring London is a winner to me and this one happened to feature one of the best parts – Covent Garden. After seeing that it also had a mildly attractive guy with a guitar and that the cat was a big and rather cute-looking ginger tom cat, I knew I had to see it.
Usually, I am one of those people who will refuse to watch the film before the book but, being as I already had a number of titles waiting on my reading list, I decided to go for it. Plus, I had the added reassurance from my sister that the film is different to the book and the book is still worth reading. I can confirm that she is absolutely correct; the film and book complement one another rather well. I read the book almost straight after seeing the film and I loved it just as much, if not more than the film.