An Elephant in My Kitchen: What the Herd Taught Me about Love, Courage and Survival


'The most magical book about the African bush since Born Free' – Daily Mail

'A beautiful love story between humans and the majestic elephants' – Jo Malone, Daily Express

Françoise Malby-Anthony never expected to find herself responsible for a herd of elephants with a troubled past. A chic Parisienne, her life changed forever when she fell in love with South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony. Together they founded a game reserve but 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 centre 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 by Françoise Malby-Anthony is a captivating and gripping read.

Uppläsare: Roshina Ratnam


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Spännande och intressant om livet på Thula Thula med djuren och människorna runt omkring. Delvis upprepningar från boken The Elephant Whisperer (rekommenderar den boken)som är maken till författaren. Men även livet efter maken gått bort. Fina beskrivningar om elefanternas olika personligheter och om striden med att fortsätta bedriva ett reservat och en fristad för djuren mot alla tjuvjägare och mot den inhemska folktron om att ta order från en kvinna. Svårigheterna med att äska pengar till bevarandet av djuren men ochså kärleken till djuren, landet och den inhemska befolkningen.