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Thursday, August 04, 2011

Bob, Angel Tube Cat, gets Book Deal

Many of you may remember the story of
Bob, the Angel Tube Station cat, who was adopted by a Big Issue vendor and is now his constant companion in Islington. You'll often see Bob's owner, James, along Upper Street or Islington High Street walking along with Bob sitting calmly on his shoulder (seriously I've seen this many times).

Bob the Cat outside Angel Tube by Annie Mole

Well through the wonders of Twitter I heard a rumour that Bob had secured a book deal. I asked James about this, and he does have a book coming out next year.

Yesterday while London was roasting on a freakishly hot day, I had another chat with Bob's owner outside Angel London Underground station where Bob was calmly lounging around. The book will be called A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets of London and will be published in March 2012.

Published by Hodder & Stoughton, the blurb talks about how James found Bob when he was injured  "Yet James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other's troubled pasts

A Street Cat Named Bob is a moving and uplifting story that will touch the heart of anyone who reads it."

How absolutely brilliant is that?

To celebrate James got Bob to pose for me and he looks remarkably like Long Cat in the shot above.

Many thanks to Flickr for putting this picture in their Explore category yesterday. If you came from there, I hope you've enjoyed hearing the back story to Bob The Angel Tube Cat.

Update: 6th August 2011: The Independent also reported this story and said "London Transport, meanwhile, has presented Bob with his very own special Oyster card in recognition of his popularity at the Angel station."  Yay for Bob!

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