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The international best seller

"Malby-Anthony offers a book of great inspiration and wide appeal to nature-loving readers." (Publishers Weekly)

A heart-warming sequel to the international best seller 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 audiobook, 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 listen.

©2019 Françoise Malby-Anthony (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Must read!

After reading Lawrence Anthony's books, The Elephant Whisperer and Babylon's Ark, reaching for his wife's book on her continued work at Thula Thula was a must.
The first half of the book was, honestly, disappointing, as stories that Lawrence had already shared in his books were retold. However, not all who reach for this book will have read his, and the stories are great... The second half of the book really drew me in, as I could hear the voice of the author, Françoise, so much more and became so deeply moved by her courage, honesty and heart. The experiences she has had would level most of us, yet this cultured French woman rolled up her sleeves and faced every challenge. If she hadn't, a refuge for Elephants would probably not still exist, a place for orphaned wildlife would not have been created and another strong advocate for animal rights and protection would have been lost. Her story made me laugh and weep. It is a magnificent account of how one person can do everything possible to fight the growing tide of animal abuse. Bravo!

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You HAVE to listen to this!!

I am ready to go to Thula Thula! After listening to this as well as The Elephant whisperer, I must go to this game preserve asap!! These books are well written and share so many colourful accounts of life on the preserve and trying to save so many animals from becoming wiped out by humans!! These are such beautiful stories shared with wit, emotion and beautifully descriptive writing. A MUST read for sure!!

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Wonderful book

IAfter listening to all of Lawrence Anthony books I was so happy to find out that his wife Francoise has written her own account of the life and animals at Thula Thula after his passing. Endearing, emotional, joyful and sad at times. I didn’t want it to end. Wonderful book.

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Wow!

Such passion and dedication! The harsh reality of this planet can be ugly, but this story gives hope. A heart felt thank you !

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Fabulous story of life in Africa

I really enjoyed this touching story about life and community, not just of people but of the animals as well. I hope I can go see the Thula Thula conservation site someday. It sounds magical.

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Magical, Beautiful and Heartbreaking

Perfect for anyone whom loves animals. It warms your soul and will break your heart.

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A must read following The Elephant Whisperer

Loved The Elephant Whisperer so this was a great follow-up story. I highly recommend it and suggest reading it after the other one.

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Style too overly dramatic for me

Although I enjoyed listening to the stories about the animals, the style was too drama-queenish for my tastes. a lot of it was either the world is wonderful and beautiful or the sky is falling/the end of the world is upon us. By the end of the novel I couldn't wait for it to be over because I was sick of the overdramatizing of it all. I liked her husband's book much better about the elephants on the reserve. Go for that one.

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A true love story.

This is a true love story / adventure between humans, the wildlife and their threatened home of Africa. You cannot help but fall in love with the land and each of the animals and of course Francois and her purserverance to continue their dream of a wildlife preserve, and rehabilitation center, after her dear husband Lawrence's passing. I wanted to jump on a plane and head directly for Tula Tula after finishing this book, maybe some day.

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Captivating True Life Story

Outstanding story of conservationists in South Africa! The narrative "takes you there" to experience the highs and lows of life as protectors of African animals. Well-read presentation that captures the emotions of people and animals alike. Great way to pass the miles on a road trip!

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