POSTED: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 7:45pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 7:49pm
NBC NEWS — Life is turning around for a London newspaper salesman who found a cat in the hallway of his housing project.
James Bowen and his cat named Bob received a rock star's reception yesterday Tuesday, March 13, at a signing for their new book.
"A Street Cat Named Bob" tells their story as they lived hand-to-mouth on the streets of London.
Bowen's life changed forever five years ago when he found the injured tabby cat. He nursed bob back to health and tried to send him on his way, but Bob never left his side.
He rides with Bowen on public transport and sits with him at work.
Bowen found having a cat with him all the time gave him an identity on the street that made people want to stop and chat.
Literary agent Mary Pachnos spotted them one day and offered Bowen a book deal. She and journalist Gary Jenkins teamed up to transform Bowen's life into a book.
Bob the cat now has a Facebook page and Twitter account, and as Bowen explains, seems more than comfortable living in the limelight.
"He loves being the center of attention,” Bowen says. “He loves the spotlight. He knows what a camera is, he's a poser."
Despite the book deal, Bowen still works on the streets selling newspapers.
"A Street Cat Named Bob" will be released on Friday, March 15.