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The bestselling true story of three friends and their remarkable reunion.

In 2008, a YouTube clip became an internet phenomenon. It showed the emotional reunion of two young men and their pet lion, Christian, after they had left him in Africa to be introduced into his rightful home in the wild.

Anthony ‘Ace’ Bourke and John Rendall visited London from Australia in 1969 and bought a boisterous lion cub in Harrods. But Christian soon grew from cuddly cub to King of the Kings Road in London, and the only way to avoid him being incarcerated in a zoo was to place him under the expert care of George Adamson in Kenya. Ace and John did not return to see their lion for a year.

A Lion Called Christian tells their touching story, accompanied by stunning photographs. It’s a unique and extraordinary tale of its time that resonates again today with a worldwide audience, thanks to the internet age, and is destined to become one of the great classics of animal literature.

Reviews

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

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780553820607

    May 3, 2010

    Bantam

    240 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • EBook

    9781407039930

    May 1, 2010

    Transworld Digital

    240 pages

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