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Elephant Moon Hardcover – 8 Oct 2012

4.2 out of 5 stars 1,470 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Silvertail Books (8 Oct. 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1909269018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909269019
  • Package Dimensions: 23 x 15.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 1,470 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 952,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'If you were to relocate Michael Morpurgo's War Horse to Burma in the Second World War, with elephants taking the sentimental role from the horses, you might end up with something like Elephant Moon by John Sweeney. It is a tender and loving tribute to 'Nature's great masterpiece... The only harmless great thing', as John Donne described the elephant, as well as an insight into one of the forgotten battlegrounds of the war.' LITERARY REVIEW 'This novel is based on a little-known true story of the Second World War when a herd of 53 elephants was used by a young English schoolteacher to rescue a band of orphans in Burma and transport them to the safety of India. Their incredible journey is filled with adventure, tragedy and love, as you might expect. But, most thrilling of all is the emergence of the elephants as real characters with distinct personalities. This is not done in a sentimental Jungle Book kind of way. Rather, it is true to Darwin's description of these creatures as being possessed of many of the same senses as humans, including the capacity for jealousy, suspicion and revenge. The author - who is also an award-winning Panorama reporter - takes advantage of this phenomenon and scores a bull's-eye with an excellent and ingenious plot.' DAILY MAIL 'A deftly realised on-the-road novel alive with the horrors of war.' YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

About the Author

John Sweeney is a reporter for BBC Panorama. He has won many journalism awards and is the author of five previous books. Elephant Moon is his first novel.

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