- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Viking; First Edition edition (1 Mar. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670919721
- ISBN-13: 978-0670919727
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.2 x 23.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
An African Love Story: Love, Life and Elephants Hardcover – 1 Mar 2012
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Africa has never been more vividly described...I read it straight through and it nearly broke my heart...her warnings about the decline of wildlife should be heeded the world over (Joanna Lumley )
Wonderfully candid (Charlotte Kemp Daily Mail )
Compulsively readable...the more you hear about elephants from her, the more you wonder why they don't rule the world (Kathryn Hughes Mail on Sunday )
An enchanting memoir...Baby birds, antelopes, elephants, rhinos and a civet cat all pass through Sheldrick's life (Helen Brown Telegraph )
Absorbing, moving...paints a vivid picture of an extraordinary life in the bush that will delight everyone (BBC Wildlife Magazine )
Moving and magical...a fascinating story...touching, funny and written with warmth and compassion (Lancashire Evening Post )
About the Author
Daphne Sheldrick has spent her entire life in Kenya. For over 25 years, she and her husband, David, the famous founder of the the giant Tsavo National Park, raised and rehabilitated back into the wild orphans of misfortune from many different wild species. These included elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, zebra, eland, kudu, impala, warthogs and many other smaller animals. She has two daughters, both of whom have spent their lives helping her. In 2002 she received the BBC Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2006 she was made Dame Commander of the British Empire by the Queen, the first Knighthood to be awarded in Kenya since the country received Independence in 1963.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book could be mistaken for an epic novel with a life full of authors dreams and thoughts, but instead it is one of the most stunning and interesting biographic stories I have had the pleasure of reading.
It's a beautifully written story, sometimes very amusing and funny and other times very moving and sad; it made me want to visit Kenya, to work with elephants, to meet Daphne and the team at Tsavo which isn't going to happen of course but that's how it made me feel. As an animal lover, I loved Daphne's descriptions of their exotic pets and the various elephants, rhino's etc which came into their care, I have to say though, (and I really don't want to put you off), no book ever made me cry so much.
I can't recommend this book more, please read it.
Always an animal lover from childhood, Daphne adopted a baby Bushbuck-Bushy, at the age of 4. Aged 6, she was sent to boarding school at NAKURU. At 13, she joined Kenya Girls High school in Nairobi. At 15, she fell in love with Bill(Frank William Woodley), assistant warden at Nairobi National Park. At 17, she got engaged to Bill and they got married on 27.6.1953 in Naivasha. Their honeymoon was spent in England and Scotland. Bill was transfered to Tsavo East NP to work under David Sheldrick. On 26.1.1955, their daughter Jill(Gillian Sala Ellen) was born. At Tsavo, they had to stay with David Sheldrick(David and Diana had separated and she had taken their 2 children with her). Daphne started loving Tsavo and worked at the HQ office. After 6 years together, Daphne and Bill drifted apart and Daphne felt attracted towards David.
Daphne loved watching the elephants. On 13.6.1959, David was honoured with MBE from the Queen.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such an amazing book about our dear friends the elephants, Dame Daphne you are a legend and an inspiration to the world .Published 1 month ago by Izzy-Whizzy
An insight into one woman's journey through life living in a part of the world only some have the privilege to experience. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loving it so far - haven't finished it but having lived on a sisal estate on the edge of Tsavo Game Park with my parents in the 1960's it brings back wonderful memories.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
After returning from jabalani Safari lodge this book echoed the work going on there. I loved it.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I stopped reading after I got 1/3 through it. Ms. Sheldrick's love life does not interest me - I had thought, erronously it seems, the book was about love of elephants and Kenya,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Victor