Customer Reviews

25
4.7 out of 5 stars
A Lion Called Christian
Format: PaperbackChange
Price:£7.19+Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
'A Lion Called Christian' by Anthony 'Ace' Bourke and John Rendall was a most interesting book that I found difficult to put down. Written as freely as only they could tell of 'How it actually was'.
It was a clear recollection of the days with Christian, what it was like to actually own a real Lion, and I think quite unknowing to even themselves - the thrill, wonder and anticipation that came with being in charge of this beautiful animal which had become a part of their young lives.
A truly wonderful experience that I could relate to on reading their recollection of how Christian had this lovely musty smell about him, and again watching the 'reunion' I felt his warm and welcoming greeting, such a 'greeting' that many humans are incapable of showing. This is indeed 'the' best story I have ever read, not just because it's a story about a lovely animal, but this one was an incredible animal brought up and taught right from wrong by two intelligent young men. It is amazing what can be achieved when you bring up any animal - (or child for that matter) in a happy atmosphere and with 'love' - the most important ingredient in any relationship. When Bryan Seymour asked if they were 'not frightened' when this lion ran towards them on their reunion, - Anthony said ..'but we got the best'...and that the lyrics of the song played on the video on youtube..' I shall always love you..' was an indication 'that everything would be altight'. Modest? - I think so. 'Christian, John and Ace' - What a team!
33 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 12 September 2011
I am one of those people who had the reunion clip from Youtube sent to me on an email a few years ago. Great clip I thought, and wondered about the truth of it. Then a month or so ago I saw a recent interview with two men on the BBC website and I realised the clip was genuine.

This book tells the story of their purchase of a Lion cub from Harrods in 1969, which they named Christian, through his time living with them, and his ultimate release into the wild. Its a wonderful story and like the video clip will have you in tears on occasions. I read it in two sittings, as its not a long book. There are some great photos. My favourite is of a woman who became friends with Christian. She used to come and visit him and in the photo is playing wheelbarrows with him (i.e. holding his back legs up)! Now he was technically still a cub when the photo was taken, but he was already a very large animal.

The book is straightforwardly written, and easy to read. There is also an official DVD which tells the story of Christian as well. I shall be getting that next.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2013
I absolutely loved this book - a truly heart warming tale of two young men and their adventure with a pet lion. The book is pretty short - I could have read plenty more, but the pictures are an added bonus. Definately worth reading!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2014
Bought this book after watching a you tube clip. A beautiful and moving story and all the more fascinating these days as the idea of a lion in your home & playing with it on a local green is totally impossible. These two men bought a lion knowing that they could not keep it forever and did the most amazing and right thing by returning it to the wild.
If zoos around the world could be as magnanimous as these 2 men and return their "spare" animals to the wild rather than kill them, like the Danish zoo they would be doing something very great!!!!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2013
This book tells the story of close friendship between two men and a lion they bought at Harrods store in the swinging 60s. It is a beautiful and a true story and any animal lover will be moved by this tale.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2013
I entirely recommend this book, nothing bad about it! So interesting but I would personally recommend it for animal lovers, especially those who don't agree with the caging of animals.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2013
A wonderful, heart-warming story of the love of a lion for the people who bought him and set him free.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2014
Great read even though I have seen the you tube clips and watched the documentary too. Even if you don't like african wild life you cannot fail to enjoy this book. Book arrived in great condition with prompt posting.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2014
Emotional and wonderful true story. Uplifting and inspiring. A classic read that has stood the test of time- highly recommended
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book was first published in the early Seventies and has been updated with some wonderful pictures and of course the benefit of hindsight.

The story follows two very hip Australian lads who settle in the Kings Road with a pet lion, purchased from Harrods.

The style is gentle and easy going, exploring their feelings for the lion and Christian's behaviour towards them as they raise him from a cub.

It's a gorgeous story which is very hard to put down.

Enjoyable, nicely written and moving.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
     
 
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
A Lion Called Christian [DVD] [2009]
A Lion Called Christian [DVD] [2009] by John Rendall (DVD - 2009)
£5.40

A Lion Called Christian
A Lion Called Christian by George Adamson (Hardcover - 26 Mar. 2009)

Born Free: The Full Story
Born Free: The Full Story by Joy Adamson (Paperback - 4 Jun. 2010)
£7.49
 
     

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.