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A Lion Called Christian: The True Story of the Remarkable Bond between Two Friends and a Lion

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In 2008 an extraordinary two-minute film clip appeared on YouTube and immediately became an international phenomenon. It captures the moving reunion of two young men and their pet lion Christian, after they had left him in Africa with Born Free’s George Adamson to introduce him into his rightful home in the wild.

A Lion Called Christian tells the remarkable story of how Anthony “Ace” Bourke and John Rendall, visitors to London from Australia in 1969, bought the boisterous lion cub in the pet department of Harrods. For several months, the three of them shared a flat above a furniture shop on London’s King’s Road, where the charismatic and intelligent Christian quickly became a local celebrity, cruising the streets in the back of a Bentley, popping in for lunch at a local restaurant, even posing for a fashion advertisement. But the lion cub was growing up—fast—and soon even the walled church garden where he went for exercise wasn’t large enough for him. How could Ace and John avoid having to send Christian to a zoo for the rest of his life? A coincidental meeting with English actors Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers, stars of the hit film Born Free, led to Christian being flown to Kenya and placed under the expert care of “the father of lions” George Adamson. Incredibly, when Ace and John returned to Kenya to see Christian a year later, they received a loving welcome from their lion, who was by then fully integrated into Africa and a life with other lions.

Originally published in 1971, and now fully revised and updated with more than 50 photographs of Christian from cuddly cub in London to magnificent lion in Africa, A Lion Called Christian is a touching and uplifting true story of an indelible human-animal bond. It is is destined to become one of the great classics of animal literature.

Synopsis:

A wondrous, serendipitous tale that tracks Christian's migration from London streets to Kenyan wilderness and the new friends, both lion and human (notably lion expert George Adamson of Born Free fame) that he finds there. Most astonishing, however, is that in 1971, after a year's absence, his old friends Bourke and Rendall returned to Africa and successfully reunited with Christian.

About the Author

ANTHONY “ACE” BOURKE is one of Australia’s leading art curators. He lives in Sydney. JOHN RENDALL is a member of the Royal Geographic Society and a trustee of the George Adamson Trust. He divides his time between London and Sydney.

Table of Contents

1. A Lion With a Price Tag - 2. Sophistocat - 3. Noblesse Oblige - 4. "The Publicity-Shy Jungle king: - 5. A Proposal - 6. The Lion at World's End - 7. Country Life - 8. Christian's Parents - 9. "Coals to Newcastle" - 10. A Lion's Lion - 11. Onward Christian - 12. Christian's Progress - 13. The You Tube Reunion, 1971 - 14. The Final Farewell, 1972 - 15. Christian's Pyramid.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767932332
Subtitle:
The True Story of the Remarkable Bond between Two Friends and a Lion
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Foreword:
Adamson, George
Author:
Adamson, George
Author:
Foreword by George Adamson
Author:
Anthony Bourke
Author:
Rendall, John
Author:
John Rendall
Author:
George Adamson
Author:
Anthony Bourke and John Rendall
Author:
Bourke, Anthony
Subject:
Nature : Animals
Subject:
Pets : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Mammals
Subject:
Wildlife
Subject:
Lions
Subject:
Human-animal relationships
Subject:
Animals - Mammals
Subject:
Nature Studies-Mammals
Subject:
Nature Studies-Wild Cats
Subject:
Nature Studies-Zoology
Subject:
PETS / General
Subject:
Nature : Animals - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090310
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
226

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Pets » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Mammals » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » World Wildlife
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Zoology

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"Synopsis" by , A wondrous, serendipitous tale that tracks Christian's migration from London streets to Kenyan wilderness and the new friends, both lion and human (notably lion expert George Adamson of Born Free fame) that he finds there. Most astonishing, however, is that in 1971, after a year's absence, his old friends Bourke and Rendall returned to Africa and successfully reunited with Christian.
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