The dynamic duo became quite an attraction on the London streets where Bowen sold copies of the Big Issue, a paper supporting homelessness. But, when a literary agent read a story Bowen wrote on how Bob helped him overcome his addictions to heroin and methadone, his life completely changed.
The agent sold his tale to Hodder & Stoughton, and within two years, A Street Cat Named Bob, The World According to Bob, and No Ordinary Cat have had chart-topping sales in the U.K., U.S., and several of the other 30 countries where the books are sold. "It's incredible," said Bowen to The Guardian. "When I first saw Bob on this doorstep, I never thought this is where I'd be today." Thankfully, the pair now live in a rented flat, where Bowen is currently working on a series of books for children. So, next time you see a stray animal on the street, you might want to consider taking him/her in. Who knows where it could lead? (The Guardian)