THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
"Malby-Anthony offers a book of great inspiration and wide appeal to nature-loving readers." —Publishers Weekly
A heart-warming sequel to the international bestseller The Elephant Whisperer, by Lawrence Anthony's wife Françoise Malby-Anthony.
A chic Parisienne, Françoise never expected to find herself living on a South African game reserve. But then she fell in love with conservationist Lawrence Anthony and everything changed. After Lawrence’s death, Françoise faced the daunting responsibility of running Thula Thula without him. Poachers attacked their rhinos, their security team wouldn’t take orders from a woman and the authorities were threatening to cull their beloved elephant family. On top of that, the herd’s feisty new matriarch Frankie didn’t like her.
In this heart-warming and moving book, Françoise describes how she fought to protect the herd and to make her dream of building a wildlife rescue center a reality. She found herself caring for a lost baby elephant who turned up at her house, and offering refuge to traumatized orphaned rhinos, and a hippo called Charlie who was scared of water. As she learned to trust herself, she discovered she’d had Frankie wrong all along.
Filled with extraordinary animals and the humans who dedicate their lives to saving them, An Elephant in My Kitchen is a captivating and gripping read.
In this enchanting sequel to the late conservationist Lawrence Anthony's 2012 memoir, The Elephant Whisperer, his widow, Malby-Anthony, recounts how she carried on protecting elephants and rhinos after his death. She explains how such an unlikely couple she was once a "city girl" and "Parisian through and through"; he, an adventurous and "passionate visionary" met and, in 1998, founded the Thula Thula game preserve in his native South Africa. Animal lovers will be swept up in Malby-Anthony's narrative early on, when she describes an elephant herd's grief at Lawrence's death. Previously involved chiefly in the preserve's business affairs, Malby-Anthony begins caring for the animals after Lawrence's death, and, among other things, must navigate the passage of power from one elephant matriarch to another and attempt to comfort a calf with a missing mother. Malby-Anthony shares lighthearted moments a young hippo following a terrified local man "like a baby duck"; an attention-seeking elephant calf given to twerking along with heartbreaking observations on the toll exacted by poachers. Contrasting human depredations to how elephants "coexist... with endless respect and love for each other," Malby-Anthony offers a book of great inspiration and wide appeal to nature-loving readers.