Hodder and Stoughton has acquired a follow-up to James Bowen's international bestseller A Street Cat Named Bob called The Little Book of Bob.
Rowena Webb, non-fiction publisher, bought world English rights from Lesley Thorne at Aitken Alexander. It will publish on 1st November 2018.
In the new book, Bowen will share some of the experiences and insights he has gained during a decade spent with Bob, his "guru" and loyal feline companion. Hodder said it would be "tender, touching and wise" as "a little book with a big heart".
The new title follows the success of Bowen's 2012 book about his friendship with the ginger stray when in 2007 Bowen was homeless and a recovering heroin addict. A Street Cat Named Bob sold tens of thousands of copies in its first few months after publishing and today, a decade on, according to Hodder sales have reached over 1.5 million copies.
Bowen said of the new project: “I know it might sound strange or even slightly silly to say this about a cat, but I find him inspirational. It’s as if he is some ancient philosopher who understands everything and everyone around him. As if he’s seen it all before. Knows life inside out. For the past 10 years or more, he has genuinely been a kind of guru to me.”
Webb added: "It’s wonderful to be publishing a new James and Bob book for their millions of fans. Bob has a Zen-like quality of his own which this book captures brilliantly – with lessons for us all."