Wildflower: The Extraordinary Life and Mysterious Murder of Joan Root Paperback – 31 Mar 2011
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A real crime book that is also a splendid biography, this is a poignant and gripping tale. (CATHOLIC HERALD)
A compelling story of African adventure, romance and intrigue, perfect for readers of bestselling true crime such as WHITE MISCHIEF and MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL.See all Product Description
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However there is trouble in paradise. The glory of the career dims when they are unable to have a family; Alan is eventually drawn away from Joan and they divorce; the paradise that was Naivasha is invaded by alien horticulture and wildlife poaching which destroys the lake ecosystem and its dependent wildlife; the response to that only worsens the ever more poisonous relationships; violence and murder become common-place and eventually claims Joan as its most high profile victim.
Joan lived and died in the vain hope that Alan would return one day and he did but only after she is murdered.
So be prepared for a compelling read but there is no feel good ending to this story.
This is the third book I have read about Africa in recent weeks and the theme running through all of them is of the grinding poverty of the native African people; the degradation of the environment and the destruction of wildlife. Very sad but we need to know. Joan tried to do something to counter all of these and paid with her life.
Her incredible life with her husband Alan Roots brought her both universal recognition and happiness. The sadness she felt when the marriage broke up must have been devastating for her. The book vividly describes her many acts of courage when she toured with her husband throughout Africa. It is an exciting read from beginning to end. Having spent a couple of nights on Lake Naivasha I can quite understand why she did not want to leave. It is an unforgettable place.
What a read! Not only is it very well written, but it is almost like a thriller & I just couldn't turn the pages quick enough. What an extraordinary life Jean Root had, with so much joy, but also a lot of heartache & a terribly tragic end.
But above all, it shows her passion for life & her dedication for her beloved Kenya.
Edmund Thorpe turned professional hunter to photo-safari buisness(Kenya thru the Lens) and Joan used to travel into the wild with him. Alan Root was born in LONDON on 19.5.1937. His family moved to Kenya when he was 10, lived at ATHI PLAINS. At 22, he filmed 'Serengeti Shall not Die' for Prof Grzimek. Then while filming at Ngorongoro Crater, he meets Joan. In February 1961, they married in Nairobi. Later Joan's parents divorce. On 23.9.1962, Joan and Alan rescued flamingo chicks at LAKE MAGADI (where I was born). In 1963, they buy KILIMANDEGE(Hill of the Birds) at Lake Naivasha, south road. Joan then suffers from Myaesthenia. Many small animals lived at their home.
Alan is bitten by a puff adder snake and looses a finger, after seriously ill. Joan was now 36 and they had no children. On 9.3.1974, they fly over Mt KILIMANJARO in a hot air balloon. On 3.5.1976, they launched 'Balloon Safari Ltd' in Kenya and Tanzania. At Mzima Springs, they are attacked by hippo, putting Alan in hospital. Joan starts to write in her diary.Read more ›
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What an amazing lady what an amazing pair a very sad ending to the life of a very caring lady. A book to treasure.Published 24 months ago by Don
Joan Root had an amazing life in East Africa. A good read, will order copy for my sister who grew up in Kenya.Published on 26 May 2014 by C. Smith
This was an interesting read of the recent history of Kenya and of a great woman pioneer. The writing was a little dull and lacked feeling, but the story is good.Published on 22 Jan. 2014 by Sally Svendsen
A wonderful and compassionate story of the life of Joan Root and her accomplishments with her husband Alan in filming and documenting wildlife in Africa, and latterly her own... Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2013 by JANETTE
What an extraordinary woman! She had a remarkable life, and death, the latter embroiled in the tangles of corruption and the competing demands of white people, black people and... Read morePublished on 26 Jun. 2013 by Dr Chris
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