About this book
The story that captured the imagination of the world...
In 1969 Harrods department store in London sold a three month old lion cub to two young Australians, John Rendall and Anthony (Ace) Bourke. They called him Christian. For a year Christian lived happily and safely with John and Ace and his human 'pride', initially in the World's End on the King's Road in Chelsea, where Derek Cattani first began photographing him.
When Christian outgrew his London environment he moved first to the home of Bill Travers in Surrey. He was then entrusted to the care of George Adamson in Kenya, who with his wife Joy, had successfully rehabilitated their lioness Elsa, the subject of Joy's Book Born Free.
A year after Christian had been living in the wild John and Ace returned to Kenya to try and find him. The film clip of their emotional reunion has now been viewed by over 100 million people on YouTube.
In 1973 Christian disappeared into the wild forever. George Adamson had uniquely rehabilitated a 5th generation zoo-bred lion.
John and Ace's first book about Christian was a million seller in the 1970s, and enjoyed a huge resurgence of interest after their YouTube clip went viral in 2006. This brand new book from Bradt, collects Derek Cattani's never-before-seen pictures of Christian and updates the story to the present day, including the story of their YouTube sensation and a chapter on the murder of George Adamson.
When John and Ace took Christian to Kenya in 1970 there were an estimated 300,00 lions in Africa. Today there are fewer than 25,000.
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Press reviews'A new must-read book'
Sloane Square magazine
'Well balanced and delightfully written account of an extraordinary adventure, brimming with fine pictures'
Kensington and Chelsea Today
'The remarkable true story of a lion called Christian.'
'Brings (Christian's) remarkable story to the present day.'
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Chapter 2: Lion at the World's End
Chapter 3: Indoors and Outdoors
Chapter 4: Life on the King's Road
Chapter 5: Preparing for Africa
Chapter 6: Out to Africa
Chapter 7: Joining the Pride
Chapter 8: Tragedy and Reunion
Chapter 9: A Final Farewell
Chapter 10: Christian's New World
Chapter 11: George's Murder
Chapter 12: Mkomazi
Chapter 13: Searching for Signs of Christian
Post Script: A Youtube Sensation: Lions in Trouble