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As the Big-Issue-vendor-turned-celebrated-author James prepares to publish his sixth book, follow the incredible journey with his purrrfect companion, a cat called Bob.
Seven years ago the ex-Big Issue seller James was homeless and living sporadically in in sheltered accommodation and busking to make a living. However, his life was revolutionised when a stray ginger cat one day turned up at his front door. Picture: Rex
James Bowen named his new furry friend Bob after the character in David Lynch's 'Twin Peaks' and the two set to work selling The Big Issue outside tube stations in London.
School girl Alice Jarvis meets Bob whilst he joins James Busking in Covent Garden. Picture: Rex
The pair quickly turned into a Youtube sensation as tourists and punters uploaded videos of the friends going about their business. It didn't take long after this for a publishing agent to recognise the friend's potential and get in touch. Picture: Rex
In March 2012 the pals published their very first book 'A Street Cat Named Bob', which went on to become a world wide phenomenon and has been published in over 35 languages. Picture: Rex
Bob's legions of fans call themselves "Bobites"! Picture: Rex
"All the attention is a bit scary but so is sleeping rough on the streets of London for the first time" James told 'Big Issue', "You just adapt." Six books later and the friends are now huge celebrities with friends the world over. Picture: Rex
The 44-year-old delivery man is the founder of Bob's very own Facebook page. The Tesco's driver originally fell in love with Bob and James' story after reading 'A Street Cat Named Bob' and now spends his time organising meet-and-greets between Bob and his many fans.
Congratulations to them both! Picture: Rex