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Summary

Françoise Malby-Anthony never expected to find herself responsible for a herd of elephants with a troubled past. A chic Parisienne, her life changed forever when she fell in love with South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony. Together they founded a game reserve but 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 centre a reality. She found herself caring for a lost baby elephant who turned up at her house, and offering refuge to traumatised 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 by Françoise Malby-Anthony is a captivating and gripping listen.

©2019 Françoise Malby-Anthony and Katja Willemsen (P)2019 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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"The most magical book about the African bush since Born Free." (Daily Mail)

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  • 08-09-19

Just wow

I absolutely loved this book, the narrative was heartfelt and the narrator was spot on. Definitely going to give the elephant whisperer a go now. Some really poignant moments and sad because humans are capable of some atrocious deeds. If we can't get humans to be kind to each other, how the hell are we supposed to get them to be kind to animals?

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a wonderful walk with the elephants

loved it, not only a great read but also informative even if sad at times

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Outstanding from start to finish !!!

This book is amazing ! thank you Francoise Malby-Anthony and Katja Willemsen for such a beautifully written book, I cannot wait to return to Thula Thula in November 2019 for my next visit, this book has put so much into perspective for me :) Roshina Ratnam's narration of this book was incredible:)

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exciting yet heartbreaking

Great storyline that weaves in and out of The Elephant Whisperer and the Last Rhino by her late husband.

gripping and exciting, yet saddening and heartbreakingly truthful.

a must listen to/read

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Wonderful

Beautifully written book, I felt all the emotions of the joys and sadness the ups & downs as if I was actually there to experience her life at the orphanage , Francoise brought the book to life.
Wonderful heartfelt story.
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Richard

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I wish this book had 300 hours.

Amazing book with even more amazing story line. It made me fall in love with South Africa and its nature even more. I recommend to anyone who loves wildlife, who is interested in conservation and deeply cares about nature. However, this is also an extraordinary true story of a brave woman who thank to her not 'giving up' nature achieved so much good.

Narrator has done a grand job!

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Awesome Read

I am a South African who has lived abroad for almost 2 decades now and this wonderfully written book stirred up all sorts of yearnings to get back into the bush. Africa is in my heart and always will be. If you’ve never been...just do it!! You’ll see once she’s in your heart she will always be there. I am most definitely planning on booking a volunteer spot at Thula Thula as soon as international travel is a bit easier (Covid). Everyone needs to stand up for conservation and put a stop to poaching once and for all, let’s shut down the market for trade in ivory and rhino horn...in fact any wildlife trade - leave them in the wild where they belong.

Thank you for a beautiful book to raise this awareness. Beautifully written and a great narration for the audiobook!

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Its not so easy keeping elephants

a great story, sometimes with tears, could not put this down. Happy and frustration moments

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A book I’ll keep re-listening

Such an emotional, beautiful and inspiring story. Easily one of my top audiobooks - loved everything about it :)

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  • 18-05-20

A must read!

I’ve read the first edition and was moved by the work done at Thule Thule. Having grown up in the Bush I have a couldn’t get enough of the story. I mix of emotions from poaching to victories of the herd bring together, I would recommend this to anyone in the world looking for a feel good story.

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Enjoyable and educational

I found the structure a little confusing as it seemed to jump around a bit but soon forgave it for the fantastic stories of animals and evocative descriptions of their quirks and idiosyncrasies. Overall really enjoyed it.

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  • 27-09-19

Loved this book

fabulous read, I was transported to Africa and the inside of preserving wild life.
I can't wait to meet the amazing lady who wrote this book. I have become a big fan.
from start to finish I was totally hooked, I highly recommend it. one of the best books I have read.
This lady has such a big heart fro baby elephants, rhinos and all animals.
She is brave and a real surviver

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  • 13-09-19

Faith in Humanity

What a heart warming story. I enjoyed every moment. It is so well narrated and had me clutching the steering wheel as I drove to work, experiencing the story as it is so vividly explained, the struggles and the victories. A great listening experience to encourage my soul and restore faith in humanity who dedicate their lives to helping those without a voice.