If you love animals, this is a must read. The memoir starts the first chapter with a beginning and an ending. Lawrence Anthony brought his French wife to South Africa with the dream of opening a game reserve, Thula Thula. Before they even got their bearings, they were asked to take in a herd of Elephants that had been causing havoc with farmers. If the Elephants were not given shelter they would be destroyed. How could they refuse? The Elephants had other ideas, immediately escaping and causing much anxiety before they bonded with Lawrence and settled in to their new home. The chapter continues to Lawrence’s untimely death and the Elephants traveling through the night to reach his home, standing at the fence in a display of profound mourning. Thus, begins the reminisces of a woman facing the challenge of persuading the security staff to respect her orders, dissuading authorities from culling her herd, poachers, baby animals arriving, and winning the affection of the Elephant matriarch. This is the story of a life lived big— Deon Stonehouse
THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
"Malby-Anthony offers a book of great inspiration and wide appeal to nature-loving readers." —Publishers Weekly
A heart-warming sequel to the international bestseller The Elephant Whisperer, by Lawrence Anthony's wife Françoise Malby-Anthony.
A chic Parisienne, Françoise never expected to find herself living on a South African game reserve. But then she fell in love with conservationist Lawrence Anthony and everything changed. After Lawrence’s death, Françoise faced the daunting responsibility of running Thula Thula without him. Poachers attacked their rhinos, their security team wouldn’t take orders from a woman and the authorities were threatening to cull their beloved elephant family. On top of that, the herd’s feisty new matriarch Frankie didn’t like her.
In this heart-warming and moving book, Françoise describes how she fought to protect the herd and to make her dream of building a wildlife rescue center a reality. She found herself caring for a lost baby elephant who turned up at her house, and offering refuge to traumatized orphaned rhinos, and a hippo called Charlie who was scared of water. As she learned to trust herself, she discovered she’d had Frankie wrong all along.
Filled with extraordinary animals and the humans who dedicate their lives to saving them, An Elephant in My Kitchen is a captivating and gripping read.
About the Author
FRANCOISE MALBY-ANTHONY founded the Thula Thula game reserve in 1998 with her late husband, the renowned conservationist and internationally bestselling author Lawrence Anthony. When Lawrence died in 2012, Francoise took over the running of the reserve and is equally passionate about conservation. She was the driving force behind setting up a wildlife rehabilitation center at the reserve to care for orphaned animals. She currently resides in South Africa.
KATJA WILLEMSEN was born in Holland, grew up in South Africa and now lives in France. A full-time writer, she is the author of the thriller Shepherd’s Prayer. An Elephant in My Kitchen is her first work of nonfiction.
"An Elephant in My Kitchen is a moving and often amusing account of a life filled with compassion and resolve." —Wall Street Journal
"The writing is full of vivid descriptions that place readers in the middle of the action, making the book difficult to put down. An engrossing eye-opener on the fragility of South Africa's fauna." —Kirkus
"The most magical book about the African bush since Born Free" —Daily Mail
"A must-read for animal lovers" —People's Friend