My Review of Away For Christmas by Jan Ruth.

My Review

of

Away For Christmas by Jan Ruth.

I really enjoyed Away for Christmas by Jan Ruth. Jonathan is a really interesting character and his writing journey over many Christmases is interesting to follow. I like the contrast between what he imagined being a published author with a small publisher would be like, vs what it was truly like for him. I also liked how being self-published was painted in a good light. I think one of the clear things in Jonathan journey was expectation and discovery.

The story itself follows Jonathan as he quits his job and dedicates his life to his book. However, being published isn’t all he thought it would be and though his writing frustrations he loses his long-standing partner and also realised he’s not the father he should be. Will he be able to get his books? Rebuild his relationship with those he loves? Or will his life go down as fast as a sinking boat? Read this novella to find out.

One of my favourite characters was Jonathan’s daughter Lizzie, She’s bright and caring and values helping others.  I also loved Gwilym; I could just imagine him in his worldly bookshop stuck in the past among old timeless classics.

This is a great Christmas read, full of twists and turns and festive hope amidst harder times in Jonathan and his loved one’s lives.  If you love a good festive read with a real life feel and great characters to follow and seek to delve into a writer’s mind, you’ll love this novella.

Link. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B076583YC6/ref=sr_1_1?tag=geolinker-21&s=digital-text Blurb

Jonathan Jones has written a novel. Losing his job a few days before Christmas means the pressure is on for his book to become a bestseller, but when his partner drops her own bombshell, the festive holiday looks set to be a disaster. 

When he’s bequeathed a failing bookshop in their seaside town, it seems that some of his prayers have been answered, but his publishing company turn out to be not what they seem, and when his ex-wife suddenly declares her romantic intent, another Christmas looks set to be complicated. 

Is everything lost, or can the true meaning of words, a dog called Frodo, and the sheer magic of Christmas be enough to save Jonathan’s book, and his skin?

Bookmuse Magazine: “If you’re a writer you will laugh, despair and sympathise with Jonathan Jones, and the trials and tribulations he faces as he battles to become a published author. And if you’re a reader, you’ll be captivated by the excellent story-telling that weaves Jonathan’s complicated life into a page turning drama. A real feel good novella, perfect to curl up with on a stormy winter’s afternoon…”

You’ll enjoy this if you like: Jojo Moyes, Jill Mansell, Erica James.

Ideal accompaniments: Hot chocolate with marshmallows and a plate of shortbread.

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Welcome Today’s Guest Author Matt Wingett: Why I broke the rules when I wrote The Snow Witch

Why I broke the rules when I wrote The Snow Witch

by

Matt Wingett

The magic realist novel The Snow Witch by Matt Wingett tells the story of a refugee from Eastern Europe who finds her life under threat when she makes connections with the wrong person in a British seaside town. The book is filled with hallucination, obsession, lust, witchcraft and weaves together folklore, mythology and the real horrors of the war she escaped into a compelling mix. Its main villain, Riley, is cruel and violent, while Donitza is frozen by painful memories. When these two personalities collide, a story rich in magical symbolism and esoteric imagery unfolds.

Here, author Matt Wingett talks about the two characters at its centre, and how he decided to ignore the writer’s rule book when approaching both of them.

Whenever I hear people say that some rules in storytelling are sacrosanct,  I can’t help taking the bait and breaking them just to see if they’re right. That’s certainly true of two of the main ingredients of The Snow Witch.

The first far-too-often repeated maxim is: “Your villain must be identifiable”.

You know the sort of thing: the heartless psychopath has a soft spot for chihuahuas, or the killer hates doing what he’s doing and seeks absolution from a priest / shaman / psychotherapist, or the bully is kind to old ladies because they remind him of his dear old gran.

The second maxim is: “avoid the pathetic fallacy”. For those who don’t know, that’s when the rain falls at the point in the story where the lovers break up, or the dawn rises just as a new chapter in the characters’ lives begin, or the depressing fog falls just at the moment of most despair.

The problem with both these rules that are used to alternatively badger and bully writers is actually they’re born of descriptions of some bad uses of both tropes, they’re not law. The problem is, too often, these sorts of rules are treated as law, and that’s when I get annoyed.

There’s no doubt many stories have two-dimensional villains who should be rewritten to make them interesting. But making them identifiable can be a shortcut you take instead of making them more real. Through identifiability, you’re meant to be offering the reader an “in” to their psychology, but instead, you’re just giving them more amusing and eccentric behaviour that doesn’t really tell you about them.

I wondered, if I wrote my villain’s psychology well enough, then wouldn’t the fact he is a screwed up, sadistic bastard become interesting in itself? Isn’t the other interesting too?

Then there’s that question of who we are making our villains identifiable to? Who am I as a writer to assume that none of our readers are sadistic bastards? Maybe the villain we’re written is identifiable, even as he is… to someone you wouldn’t want to meet on a dark night, alone.

Then there’s the final problem with identifiability. You do it badly, and you end up taking away from the villain’s nastiness. In the end, they become reasonable in their evil. Yet, sometimes, evil is unreasonable. In fact, sometimes, it’s worse because it appears to have no cause. So, you can see why I was willing to try having a pure villain. One who is not redeemed or redeemable.

That’s why I do not ask my readers to like Riley, even if we do understand him. Sure, there’s a cliche that the devil is a charmer, but actually, how more sinister is the devil as pure malevolence that is not fully fathomable? Just so with Riley. We are here to bear witness to the petty cruelties he performs and the misery he causes.

As for the pathetic fallacy, isn’t that really a fancy way of saying the weather is a metaphor? And who would say “never use a metaphor”? In the The Snow Witch, I gave the central character, Donitza, a frozen inner world, and that is what manifests in the bleak snowscapes in the world outside.

Surely it’s what you do with that white powder falling from the sky that makes the read interesting? To be banned from using it because sometimes people do it badly, that is plain silly, isn’t it?

This has been my approach throughout The Snow Witch – to create a magical, mystical world that is also real, hard and cruel. Symbol echoes symbol, archetype reflects archetype. The magic weaves its way through the story and grips you in its icy unforgivingness. I hope – and I’m being told by reviewers- that the result is a fresh, dark, gritty and disturbing tale.

That was the plan, anyway. What do you think?

Author Bio

Matt Wingett is an author, performer, songwriter, publisher and screenwriter. He has written episodes of police tv drama The Bill, stage plays and short stories. He also wrote Conan Doyle and the Mysterious World of Light, an account of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s belief in Spiritualism and has published several books on local history relating to his hometown of Portsmouth, and is also a public speaker on this and other topics.

Matt finds the mysterious, fantastical and magical have a powerful attraction for him, and most of his stories incorporate magic realism or fantasy in some way. He was editor and contributor to Portsmouth Fairy Tales for Grown-Ups, Day of the Dead – tales of death and dying to disturb perturb and delight, and is the publisher of Dark City, Portsmouth Tales of Haunting and Horror, which was published in conjunction with the University of Portsmouth.

He is also the organiser of HolmesFest, an annual celebration of the life of Arthur Conan Doyle in Portsmouth.

Buy links:

The book is available in paperback or hardback, post-free in the UK
direct from the publisher’s website, here:
https://www.lifeisamazing.co.uk/omega-search?q=snow+witch#q=snow%20witch

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0995639450

It is also available from Waterstones, Blackwells, WHSmith and other
good bookshops.

Social media:
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/mattwingettauthor/
Twitter:
@MattWingett

 

 

 

Welcome Today Guest Wendy Clarke To Tell Us About Her Story Collection Silent Night…

Weaving Memories of Christmas into My Stories

When it comes to Christmas, I’m certainly not a ‘Bah Humbug!’ type of person. Why would I be when there’s so much to love? After all, if it wasn’t for the festive season, I would never have written my story collection, Silent Night. All the stories in the book were written for national magazines and every one of them has been inspired by a Christmas memory – maybe a recent one, but more likely, one from my childhood.

So, what are my favourite festive memories and how did I weave them into my book?

The Christmas Tree

When I was a child, my parents had two Christmas trees. Both were artificial, one green, one silver. They stood about two feet high but were never taken out of the attic until Christmas Eve. The silver one stood on a table in our hallway and was decorated with simple, tiny coloured balls, but it was the green one, in the living room, that was my favourite. Every year, the box of decorations came out and my sister and I had the thrilling job of decorating it. There were shiny balls of every colour, snowflakes, fir cones sprayed silver, snowmen and bells we’d made out of egg boxes. There was even a drunken fairy for the top. How we loved it! The Christmas tree I have now is a hotch-potch of colours, handing with homemade decorations and swathed in garish tinsel. Nothing’s changed!

Christmas trees feature in several of my stories. In ‘A Christmas Present called Abbie’, absent father John’s Christmas consists of going to the pub, so he’s left floundering when his eight-year-old daughter comes to stay with him while her mother’s in hospital. Her words, ‘Where’s the tree?’ says it all.

When Bella’s husband in my story, ‘On My Own’, produces a spreadsheet to organize Christmas Day, she rebels by renting a cottage by the sea for the festive period. ‘The tree jauntily displays its home-made decorations: silver fir cones, golden flower heads and white cut out snowflakes shimmering with glitter. It is a far cry from the white and pink baubles we bought in Selfridges.’ Her Christmas tree is just like the one from my childhood memory!

Christmas Carols

One of my best childhood memories is carol singing with my sister and a friend. I was in the school choir and insisted we did all the harmonies. I think those who heard us were surprised and maybe even a little impressed. For ten years now, I’ve belonged to my local women’s choir and every year we have a Christmas concert with carols in the church. Can you guess which one is my favourite? Yes, you’re right… it’s Silent Night. Here’s a snippet from the story that gives my collection its name.

‘Around them, the red tips of other cigarettes could be seen glowing in the dark. He leaned back on his elbows and looked up at the night sky. It was a clear night, the great dome of the sky arcing above them, studded with stars.

“That’s Orion.” He pointed to where three stars cut a diagonal across the black. “There’s his belt. Odd to think that other people might be looking at him too.”’

Christmas songs also feature in my story, ‘A Song for Christmas’. Cal’s visiting his girlfriend’s young son in hospital. He’s hoping his song might help him bond with little Ben.

‘”This song,” I said, looking at the little boy with the grey eyes just like his mother’s, “is called Dinky Dino Hates Christmas.” I strummed the first chord slowly and put on my gravest voice as I began. “Have you met my pet called Dinky… his covered in spots and his feet are stinky…”

Maybe not exactly the song my sister and I sang on our friends’ doorsteps on Christmas Eve!

Playing in the Snow

Well, okay, maybe not actually playing in it (it wasn’t often we got any) but the idea of it. Even today, I love receiving Christmas cards with a snowy scene on the front and it’s not surprising I chose a fir tree covered in snow for the cover of Silent Night. Snowy trees, snowmen, snow angels – the memories I have of those infrequent snowy days are still special to me.

In my story, ‘The Memory Purse’, Mr Bhadu has fond memories of his life back in India but the one thing he’s never done is built a snowman.

‘I was twenty-three and wanted to make a better life for myself and for my wife, Neeta. My cousin had gone before me – he used to send home books for us children to read. My favourite was the one about a snowman who came to life. I’d never seen a snowman. I’d never seen snow.’

For the grandmother in my wartime story, Do You Believe in Angels, a snowy day in her past also holds special memories.

‘Laughing, she threw herself back and the snow received her like a heavenly cloud. For a moment they lay there, side by side on the white lawns, snow falling softly onto their faces. Then a great happiness came over her and she raised her arms in an ark above her head and back down, leaving an imprint in the snow… like wings.’

There are so many other memories I’ve used in my story collection but it would take too long to mention them all. What special Christmas memories do you have?

Wendy Clarke – Biography

Wendy Clarke is a writer of women’s fiction. Her work regularly appears in national women’s magazines such as The People’s Friend, Take a Break Fiction Feast and Woman’s Weekly. She has also written serials and a number of non-fiction magazine articles.

Wendy has published three collections of short stories, Room in Your Heart, The Last Rose and Silent Night and has just finished writing her second novel.

Wendy lives with her husband, cat and step-dog in Sussex and when not writing is usually dancing, singing or watching any programme that involves food!

 

Links:

https://wendyswritingnow.blogspot.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/WendyClarkeAuthor/

https://twitter.com/WendyClarke99

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B075PSXFWW

 

 

 

 

 

Interview with Marianne in 2002 from Meeting Lydia. Audiobook

Welcome Marianne and a huge thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. Tell us a little about yourself. And what you are doing right now?

I teach psychology in a sixth-form college. I’ve one daughter, Holly, who’s at university, and I live in Beckenham, south-east London, with my husband Johnny. I enjoy reading what Johnny calls ‘trashy fiction’ – so I do so in secret and keep the books hidden under cushions or under the sofa. I also like classics and modern contemporary fiction so I read this when we’re in bed. I like to play tennis with my friend Taryn and I enjoy cooking – but panic if I have to feed more than four people. I am also interested in science and environmental issues.

How did you end up looking for friends online? What pushed you that far?

When Friends Reunited hit the headlines last year, I was very excited. It was the first real opportunity to find people from the past. My daughter introduced me to it and it gives me something to do now she’s left the nest during term times. My generation has become quite obsessed with writing to classmates to find out what they are up to.

How does it feel to be talking to another man who isn’t your husband? Does he give you something in your life you feel like you’re missing?

I had been happily married for twenty-odd years but last year my husband became ‘close’ – shall we say – to a colleague at work. ‘Charmaine’, she’s called. All blonde hair and curves. And she’s a lot younger than me. He says there’s nothing going on, but I’m suspicious of her motives and I get jealous. Emailing Edward distracts me from my worries. I had a crush on him when we were about ten – but I wouldn’t dream of telling him!

What are your deepest fears about your relationship?

That Johnny and I will never get back to where we were before Charmaine came into our lives. Or that there really is something going on between them and he will leave me. I never used to feel this way. It’s an age thing. Peri-menopause has made me feel vulnerable.

If you could swap places with a fellow person you are with or have met, who would it be? And why?

I wouldn’t want to swap with anyone. Not even the rich and famous. No one has a perfect life. We all have issues and difficult people to deal with. But I understand my issues and I can’t imagine having to start again with those belonging to someone else. If I could swap for a day only, I’d like to see what it’s like to be a man – to try to understand better what really goes on in their heads. My husband Johnny would be an interesting subject!

What do you believe your main purpose is? And how far will you go to achieve it?

When I was young, I wanted to change the world. As a teacher, you have a chance to do that via others. And psychology is a subject very relevant to people’s lives. I’d like to write a novel about the long-term effects of school bullying – but I’m not sure if I have the staying power to complete it.

Could you describe your husband in three words?

Intelligent, charming, sexy.

If you could have one wish right now what would it be and how would it help your current situation?

I wish I could wave a wand and cause Charmaine to disappear. Take her out of Johnny’s life and I’m sure we would find a way to resolve our problems.

Thank you, Marianne, for taking part in this interview. It has been a pleasure getting to know you.

Author Bio

Linda MacDonald is the author of four independently published novels: Meeting Lydia and the stand-alone sequels, A Meeting of a Different Kind, The Alone Alternative and The Man in the Needlecord Jacket. They are all contemporary adult fiction, multi-themed, but with a focus on relationship issues.

After studying psychology at Goldsmiths’, Linda trained as a secondary science and biology teacher. She taught these subjects for several years before moving to a sixth-form college to teach psychology. In 2012, she gave up teaching to focus fully on writing.

Linda was born and brought up in Cockermouth, Cumbria and now lives in Beckenham, Kent.

Meeting Lydia – Audiobook – Blurb

Marianne Hayward is having a midlife wobble. When she finds her charming husband has befriended the glamorous Charmaine, she is seized by jealousy. Her once-happy marriage begins to slide.

Insecurities resurface from when she was bullied at a boys’ prep school. Only one boy was never horrible to her, the clever and enigmatic Edward Harvey; her first crush.

Daughter Holly persuades her to join Friends Reunited where she searches for Edward convinced he may be the answer to all her problems. But she is unprepared for the power of email relationships.

Narrated by the talented voice actress Harriet Carmichael, Meeting Lydia is a book about childhood bullying, midlife crises, obsession and jealousy and will appeal to anyone interested in relationship dynamics.

Review:

‘…Has immense depth and touches the soul…’

Buy linksAmazon and Audible

UK  link https://www.amazon.co.uk/Meeting-Lydia/dp/B01MXKO1BW/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

US LINK http://www.audible.co.uk/search?advsearchKeywords=Meeting+Lydia

 https://www.amazon.com/Meeting-Lydia/dp/B01N74OZJ5/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1505724898&sr=8-2

 http://www.audible.com/search?advsearchKeywords=Meeting+Lydia

Social Media

Twitter: @LindaMac1

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/LindaMacDonaldAuthor/

 

 

 

 

Interview with Marianne in 2017 from Meeting Lydia audiobook (Spoiler Alert: for people who haven’t read either The Alone Alternative or The Man in the Needlecord Jacket)  

Interview with Marianne in 2017

Welcome Marianne and a huge thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.

Tell us a little about yourself. And what you are doing right now?

I’m a retired teacher of psychology and am currently an independent author with one novel published – Lydia – and another WIP. I have one daughter, Holly, and I live in the West Country with Edward, my second husband.

What are your deepest fears about your relationship?

That one of us will be seriously ill before we have had time to enjoy fully our life together.

What do you believe your main purpose is? And how far will you go to achieve it?

I want to make a difference. I expect most people feel that way. As a teacher, you have a chance to do that via others. Since I retired, I’m trying to spread a message of environmental sustainability. I also like to think that people who read my novel will finish it knowing things or understanding things that they didn’t know before. And I hope it may help them to deal with any long-term effects of school bullying.

Could you describe your husband in three words?

Clever, dedicated, kind.

Have you done anything unforgivable to someone else? Was it out of love or revenge? Tell us about it.

I’m slow to forgive. I was slow to forgive my first husband Johnny when I thought he was having an affair with a colleague. Had I known that he would die so relatively young, I would have tried to patch things up sooner. I regret the time wasted on doubt and the rows we had.

What has been your favourite memory in your life so far?

After my husband died, I never thought I would find true happiness again with anyone else. I had lost touch with Edward and didn’t know his own circumstances had changed too. When he found me again, I was at first so frightened of being hurt that I kept pushing him away. But when I decided to let him back into my life and we met again outside Beckenham Junction station, my heart woke up from its sleep and I remember in that instant feeling like a teenager all over again. That night when I went to bed – alone, I hasten to add – I wept with joy for being allowed to experience romantic love again.

If you could have one wish right now what would it be and how would it help your current situation?

I wish for time to enjoy my second chance of love unencumbered by a hovering ex-wife. I wouldn’t wish anything bad to happen to her. It’s not that we don’t get on. But she’s always there in the background and I think she’s lonely. Edward feels obligated to help her. I don’t doubt him, but it makes me less secure.

Thank you, Marianne, for taking part in this interview. It has been a pleasure getting to know you.

Author Bio

Linda MacDonald is the author of four independently published novels: Meeting Lydia and the stand-alone sequels, A Meeting of a Different Kind, The Alone Alternative and The Man in the Needlecord Jacket. They are all contemporary adult fiction, multi-themed, but with a focus on relationship issues.

After studying psychology at Goldsmiths’, Linda trained as a secondary science and biology teacher. She taught these subjects for several years before moving to a sixth-form college to teach psychology. In 2012, she gave up teaching to focus fully on writing.

Linda was born and brought up in Cockermouth, Cumbria and now lives in Beckenham, Kent.

Meeting Lydia – Audiobook – Blurb

Marianne Hayward is having a midlife wobble. When she finds her charming husband has befriended the glamorous Charmaine, she is seized by jealousy. Her once-happy marriage begins to slide.

Insecurities resurface from when she was bullied at a boys’ prep school. Only one boy was never horrible to her, the clever and enigmatic Edward Harvey; her first crush.

Daughter Holly persuades her to join Friends Reunited where she searches for Edward convinced he may be the answer to all her problems. But she is unprepared for the power of email relationships.

Narrated by the talented voice actress Harriet Carmichael, Meeting Lydia is a book about childhood bullying, midlife crises, obsession and jealousy and will appeal to anyone interested in relationship dynamics.

Review:

‘…Has immense depth and touches the soul…’

Buy links: Amazon and Audible

UK buy link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Meeting-Lydia/dp/B01MXKO1BW/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

http://www.audible.co.uk/search?advsearchKeywords=Meeting+Lydia

US buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Meeting-Lydia/dp/B01N74OZJ5/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1505724898&sr=8-2

http://www.audible.com/search?advsearchKeywords=Meeting+Lydia 

Social Media

Twitter: @LindaMac1

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/LindaMacDonaldAuthor/

 

My Review of The Adventures of Shifting Jack: New Friends By Denise Ersalahi Erguler.

My Review of

The Adventures of Shifting Jack: New Friends

By Denise Ersalahi Erguler.

I really enjoyed The Adventures of Shifting Jack: New Friends. I loved the closeness of Jack and Lilly and how they protect each other. I also thought the new way in this book Lilly could shape shift was really captivating and gave this story a very important meaning.

The story itself follows Lilly and her mum as they welcome new neighbours and bake cakes for them. All seem well until Jack and Lilly were offered by Mr Gardener to take a boat ride with him. However, while on the water Lilly falls in and her life jacket slips off. The protector Jack too goes in after her. But will Lilly’s time under the water teach her more about herself than she knows? Read this book to find out.

I love the characters in this story as they are all captivating and magical in their own ways,  especially when they transform into their animal selves. I also like that they try to save the plants and animals of nature and band together when needed. For Lilly and Jack, it’s not always easy as they live among none shifters and have to be careful who they can trust.

I think Denise did an amazing job with the message behind this book. Not only about friendship and looking after each other, but also looking after natures planet and wildlife so they won’t die or get sick. I thought this was very relevant for this day and age.

This book is perfect for YA readers and adults alike because it has great characters of all ages as well as lots of action throughout the storyline within an enchanting world, in which animals can talk and people can change into wolf, bears, birds and sea life.

I would recommend this book if you like stories with magical creatures and human bonds that will leave you with a warm glow in your heart. Don’t wait to get your copy of The Adventures of Shifting Jack: New Friends…

Link.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adventures-Shifting-Jack-New-Friends-ebook/dp/B0771N81BF/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1509554809&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Adventures+of+Shifting+Jack%3A+New+Friends

Author Bio

Denise Ersalahi Erguler was born and raised in Hackney, London and moved to North Cyprus in 1994 with her family where she studied Interior Design at a local university for four years. She then pursued a career in this field in London working for various designer companies at the peak of the industry. In 2005 setup her own interior design company.

In 2007, Denise left her successful business in London behind and moved back to North Cyprus to help grow her family business, Mermaid Fabrics of London in Kyrenia. This decision was made upon the belief that she would be closer to home and family for support in bringing up her child in a safe environment.

Denise began writing in 2010. In her stories, she used real-life characters and stories evolving around her to build her fantasy world giving us the opportunity to share her dream world.

In December 2015 Denise was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, after a courageous battle for 13 months, sadly she passed away in January 2017. She leaves behind her husband, Olkan, and two children; a daughter Ayla (2009) and son Adil (2006).

She has two children’s books; The Adventures of Shifting Jack: A New Home; and this sequel, The Adventures of Shifting Jack: New Friends which she penned during her illness flighting hard to complete it before her passing. She has also published an adult book: The Essence.

My Review of A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen.The Amazing True Story of One Man And His Cat.  

My Review of

A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen.

The Amazing True Story of One Man And His Cat.

My lovely boyfriend sent me the book: A Street Cat Named Bob. I found this true story inspiring and captivating and hard to put down. James Bowen is a man who has faced hard times on the streets of London, but all that changes when he meets his companion, a ginger cat named Bob. This book was full of emotion and showed what friendship can do for a person.

The story itself follows James Bowen as he enters a drug rehabilitation program. He’s been moved off the street and now has a small flat of his own. However, one day while heading home with his friend Belle he comes across a ginger cat laying on the doormat of someone’s flat. Soon James finds that the ginger cat is homeless and so he takes him in temporarily. But the ginger cat-whom James called Bob had other ideas. Will Bob stick around forever? Follow the life adventures of James and Bob in this book.

I loved the quote about chance in this book. James had had chances just like any other, but it takes courage and a change of purpose to make a chance work. Bob was that purpose for James. Ever since Bob became a part of his family he helped James first by giving him trust and company on the streets while James was selling: The Big Issue or basking with his guitar. 

It also struck me while James had been without Bob he’d been invisible. No one talked to him or treated him with kindness. But Bob made him visible again, he brought people to him with his enchanting ways and by doing so Bob opened conversation for James and others to know each other however brief that may be. Bob also opened the hearts of passersby and soon they were showing the kind side of humanity.  In some ways there is a lesson in this book- if we all see each other as equal then maybe we’d all get a chance to show our hearts, even to a stranger.

I also liked how James recounted his time on the streets and how hard it is for someone to live homeless and the hardship of being around all different people who are homeless and having problems with drug and alcohol etc… Also that how horrible it feels to have others’ look at you like you’re nothing.

I found this book to be emotional and touching, inspiring and thought-provoking all at the same time. So if you want to read a true story that will leave you with warmth in your heart and an understanding on how an unconditional love can change a person’s life for the better then you must surely try A Street Cat Named Bob.

Link 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Street-Cat-Named-Bob-streets-ebook/dp/B007704HO6/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=