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Life-saving street cat Bob may be immortalised as a statue

Bob, the street cat found by James Bowen cat-happy
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Author of the Street Cat Named Bob series of books has asked the public to donate money in aid of a statue to the cat that saved his life. More than £37,000 has been donated.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 23/06/2020, 18:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:27

Best-selling author James Bowen began a crowdfunding campaign following the death of Bob in June. The author hopes to raise £100,000 in order to have a memorial garden and statue to honour the cat that played a sizeable part in Mr Bowen’s rehabilitation.


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Nursed back to health

Bowen discovered Bob in 2007 in a dark period of his life. He nursed Bob back to health and in turn, received love, which inspired him to write A Street Cat Named Bob.

Bob died earlier this month aged 14 years.

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A Street Cat Named Bob was published in 2012. It depicts the relationship between Bowen and Bob.


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This and Bowen’s other books have earned the author an estimated £500,000K in royalties. According to The Mirror over eight million copies have since been sold.

Bowen hopes to use public donations to finance the statue and gardens.