Monday, October 19, 2015

Will "A Street Cat Named Bob” be the next “Marley & Me?"


Im guessing some of my cat-lovin readers—especially you Brits out there—know all about James and his stray cat but the story is new to me. A Street Cat Named Bob is the true story of London street musician and heroin addict James Bowen, who nurses an injured cat back to life and in the process, saves himself. Now his story—shepherded by the same agent who gave the world Marley & Me—is going from international best selling book to movie screen. 

Our Mrs. Bates, Joanne Froggat, has been cast to play Bowen’s social worker, while Anthony Head, who, despite a lengthy career, is probably most famous for Buffy and the Vampire Slayer, has been cast to play Bowen’s father. Bowen himself is played by Luke Treadaway who most recently appeared as the young Freddie in Vicious, starring Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen as well as Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and the Brit TV episodic, Fortitude

Luke Treadaway will play James Bowen
Sounds like a feel good tear maker that I’ll happily watch when it hits television screens.

Here’s the rundown on the story:
 The Instant New York Times Bestseller!
James is a street musician struggling to make ends meet.
Bob is a stray cat looking for somewhere warm to sleep. 
When James and Bob meet, they forge a never-to-be-forgotten friendship that has been charming readers from Thailand to Turkey. 
A Street Cat Named Bob is an international sensation, landing on the bestseller list in England for 52 consecutive weeks and selling in 26 countries around the world. Now, James and Bob are ready to share their true story with the U.S. in this tale unlike any you've ever read of a cat who possesses some kind of magic. 
When street musician James Bowen found an injured cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building, he had no idea how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London, barely making enough money to feed himself, and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent but very sick animal, whom he named Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining that he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas.
Perfect for fans of Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog and Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat That Changed the World, this instant classic about the power of love between man and animal has taken the world by storm and is guaranteed to be a huge hit with American fans as well.

Thoughts? And what are the chances Bob gets to play himself?


10 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing. I am going to look for this.

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    1. You’re welcome, Esme. It looks like a sweet story.

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  2. It's been a wonderful journey getting to this amazing time in James's life. I'm lucky enough to know James personally and we have chatted about many things but the one quote that will always stick with me was while we were having a beer in a London pub. We were chatting about this and that and suddenly he stared into my eyes and said "Bob has changed my life" it was such a powerful moment and my reply was easy.. "Bob has changed many life's" .

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    1. Thnx for stopping by and sharing that Martin. James’s story is incredibly powerful and moving; I think people all over the world will be moved by his tale. I was very happy to learn that @Bobthecat not only read this blogpost by the way, but complimented it and retweeted it. That is one very talented cat!

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  3. The movie will be based on the first two books; there are three, not including the children's versions. These books go beyond just "feel good." They are exciting and VERY absorbing!

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    1. Okay, I’m definitely going to have to pick up a copy!

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  4. Did you know many homeless shelters don't allow pets. This needs to change, maybe then we will have more Bobs, saving more people and vis versa

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    1. I didn’t! I imagine it’s the same for dogs.

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  5. Looking forward to watching the film. Thank you for the good news.

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    1. You’re most welcome! It’s always satisfying when I’m able to tell someone that a book they love is being adapted for the screen.

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