You see where an interview in your local paper can lead…?


MY colleague Peter Gruner, who writes for the Islington Tribune, got a nice little namecheck on ITV’s Lorraine (Kelly) show this morning. There James Bowen and his cat Bob, the puss whom the once-down-and-out busker credits with help turning his life around, were sitting on the soft chairs with Kate Garraway and explaining where it had gone right. Turns out, Peter’s interview was a key moment, paving the way for a book deal.

Three autobiographies later – explaining the story of how an abandoned ginger cat can spread hope in a mean city – and ‘fans around the world’, it’s amazing where being interviewed by your local newspaper can get you.


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