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Issue 1018 - Bob- The Christmas That Changed Everything

James Bowen used to sell The Big Issue in London with his scarf-wearing, high-fiving streetwise cat Bob. Now, with over four million books sold worldwide, the pair are a publishing phenomenon.

Christmas is the most vital time of the year for Big Issue vendors – for Christmas 2014 James wrote exclusively for The Big Issue about their last year on the streets and how he turned his life around.

'It was called the Christmas from hell – the coldest winter in 100 years,' James writes. 'Against all the odds, it proved an unforgettable one for Bob and me...'

Remember, the only place to read this is in The Big Issue. Anyone outside of the UK, or who can’t reach a Big Issue vendor, can order the Bob issue – featuring unmissable Christmas pictures of our furry feline friend - NOW!

Please note this edition is no longer on sale with Big Issue vendors and so is classed as a 'back issue'. All back issues are priced at £4 per copy plus P&P

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