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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767932374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767932370
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description
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 destined to become one of the great classics of animal literature.

A Look Inside A Lion Called Christian

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Christian with Mark at Todd's Hairdressers in the World's End
Football in the Moravian Close
John, Christian, and Ace relaxing at Leith Hill

Easter, 1970
Ace (left) and John (right) with Christian on The King's Road, Chelsea






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Review

"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 --This text refers to the Digital edition.

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Highly recommend this book for animal lovers (heck - anyone).
pitawilson
I saw this video clip on youtube, and I just had to read this book.
bookworm
I believe it is a wonderful love story between humans and animals.
S. kay

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Ryan C. Holiday VINE VOICE on March 25, 2009
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I'll write this from a slightly different perspective. Everyone who has seen and enjoyed the video (but didn't cry or weep or have some other strange reaction) is probably wondering: ok, but is the book any good?

The answer is yes. It is well organized, fun, interesting and wonderfully written. Rendall and Rourke are also surprisingly self-aware. They admit numerous times that owning a lion was a dangerous, one-in-a-lifetime decision that they were lucky to escape positively.

Their story is one that is so strangely fascinating that it's shocking to think it happened as recently as the 1970s. They were selling lions in department stores back then? It feels like a different world. This is probably why the book is so fun to read - it is a rare mix of exotic animals, nostalgia, British and Hollywood glamour and a love story.

Again, for the skeptical or the curious, this book is worth reading and will be enjoyed. Just keep the anticipation to the minimum as A Lion Called Christian is a short read that you'll burn through quickly.It's better if you can appreciate that moment than be disappointed by its brevity.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sher on March 25, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
I 1st saw this most touching video on UTube.com!
I cried my eyes out!! I had to know how this most unusual love
story came about!! I found this book extremely touching....how
all living things on this planet have a connection!! John & Ace
are true heroes!! Great & Most Touching Read!! Great Pics Too!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JMJchria on March 28, 2009
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I rarely write reviews. I'm not one that's good with words but this story is so wonderful I just had to give my input.If you've seen the videos on Youtube great, but the story has so much more to tell. A lot of information that has been out there hasn't been accurate. Read the book and get the truth. I have never been so consumed with a story as this. I too as another reviewer already said have searched everything I could find on the web about Christian. The book sums it all up for me. I just wished I could have known him..What an incredible story!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amy Y. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 10, 2009
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I read this book back when it was originally released and reading it this time was even better! This is a fantastic story, especially if you are an animal lover.

The story is about a couple of men who bring home a LION to where they live above a furniture store! I love the image of the lion scrambling all over them in the car as they transported it for the first time, having led it out of Harrod's Zoo in London by a leash. This made me remember the times we have taken our cat to the vet with her yowling and trying to crawl up my shoulder and hide behind my neck as I drove- times 50!

I don't want to give away the rest of the story but it is an absolutely delightful tale with fantastic pictures. You will absolutely fall in love with this lion named Christian who has an amazing personality. You will never quite look at those tawny creatures with the beautiful eyes behind the fence at the zoo quite the same anymore.

Though this story took place in the late 1960's-1970's, it seems like a fairly timeless tale and I learned so many things all over again about lions. Definately worth the read, especially if you have a kindle and can get it at a reduced price.

If you enjoy this, I'd also recommend Joy Adamson's Born Free as later in the book George Adamson become a key character.

The authors encounter some bumps along the way as their 'pet' lion outgrows his surroundings and becomes bored with life in the furniture shop. They finally decide that this intelligent, amazing lion should not be sentenced to a life behind bars but returned to his homeland Africa and integrated into the wild. I hope you will find yourself as drawn to this fabulous creature as I was. I laughed, I cried and then I laughed and cried... yep, it was that good.

This would be a great book to read aloud to the family and I plan to read it to my girls.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Doc W8 on March 30, 2009
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It is good to have the "expanded" version of the wonderful YouTube video that I first saw last summer. The students all want to read this after seeing the video. It is every person's dream to have a wild animal friend.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. Hemmer on April 21, 2009
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Like many millions of others, I was enchanted by the video of the lion reunion and thrilled to see a book about the events leading up to the film. The book is well-organized and details the events in an honest and interesting way. The photographs were fun, the story quite charming, and the end a triumph. I am so happy to see the authors' care and love for their untraditional pet.

I gave it only 3 stars because it is short, as their time together was. I was surprisingly much more interested in the details of the time in Africa than I was in their time in London. I was surprised by how mis-represented the story has been online. The authors set the record straight. It is a good book, a nice read but not a great one. Nothing wrong with that. The book is exactly what is described, a narrative of the two authors time with a growing lion. I admire them for their decisions when they were young and for their dedication to animals ever since. Nicely done.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Mellinger on April 4, 2009
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"A Lion Called Christian is an absolutely marvelous book which tells the story of Anthony Bourke and John Rendall, and how they came to acquire a lion cub named Christian. While they bought him at Harrods seemingly on an expensive whim, (for two young men, the task of buying and maintaining a lion came at a hefty price tag...) I was very pleased to hear how well they treated him, and how they took measures to help him maintain good health and happiness. There was a definite love between this lion and his owners, and I am sure any person who enjoys a great story and loves animals would like this book. In it, it includes beautiful pictures throughout Christian's life, and also includes very comical stories about how Christian became a star in their neighborhood, and how people reacted to him.

Five stars.
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