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A Lion Called Christian: The True Story of the Remarkable Bond Between Two Friends and a Lion [Paperback]

Anthony Bourke , John Rendall , George Adamson
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March 9 2010
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.

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"This fascinating story has a wonderful ending" Daily Mail "An unabashedly stirring tale of a rare bond formed between humans and an animal ... To read this book is to feel ... that Christian never left" Time "Both immensely charming and intensely moving" Good Book Guide

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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming Jan. 26 2014
By Tim T.
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I don't normally read this type of books but on a whim I ordered this after reading about the story. There's really not much more to the book than what you can find online. I loved the photos and the book itself was a short but very enjoyable read. Highly recommended for kids and animal lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars special lion Jan. 8 2010
By pals
I didn't know that lions have such a good memory; the bond between the two fellows and Christian was really remarkable and very interesting to read about. Also, the story of Christian's move to Africa was fascinating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lion Called Christian Oct. 20 2011
By Joanie
The book arrived in a good timely matter and was in great shape and I was very pleased and would order again
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4.0 out of 5 stars More indepth look on the life of Christian Feb. 19 2011
I'm going to start out by saying that I really enjoyed this book. I'm not an avid reader - and I even finished it in only a few days. The book goes through the life of christian, and for those that already know some about him know that he came to fame from the Documentary called "A lion at world's end". You can watch the full documentary in 7 parts on youtube and gives you a pretty good grip on his life. Since this book is documenting the same time that the movie was being filmed there is alot of overlap, and I view this book as more of a behind the scenes look on the documentary. Added interesting points are discussed about George's work (the man the rehabilitates Christian), Where Christian, Ace, John and George are now and their conservation work. It's a moving story weather you watch the documentary, read the book or both and I commend Ace and John for using their story to further the conservation work of those in Kora.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lion called Christian review May 10 2009
I really enjoyed reading this book, it is heartfelt and inspiring to know that there are people who really care.
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