A Lion Called Christian

A Lion Called Christian

[the True Story of the Remarkable Bond Between Two Friends and A Lion]

Audiobook CD - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, c2009.
Edition: Rev. ed.
ISBN: 9780739384589
Branch Call Number: BOOKCD 599. 757 BOU 2009
Characteristics: 3 sound discs (3.5 hrs.)
Additional Contributors: Rendall, John
Lee, John


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IRENE_C_ Nov 22, 2014

An almost unbelievable, true and wonderful story.

Before the Wildlife Conservation Act ...from the days when it was OK for Harrod's department store to sell lion cubs in its London shop (really) and when young people were idealistic enough to believe they could right these wrongs and thereby change the world (and they did). Really.

Well worth the experience of living, and short of that,reading, listening and learning about. The related videos clips (very short) are still on youtube to be witnessed as well. Enjoy.


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IRENE_C_ Nov 22, 2014

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