In 2008, a clip posted on YouTube featuring an emotional reunion between a young lion and his owners, John Rendall and Anthony ‘Ace’ Bourke, which became an internet sensation. Overnight people wanted to know more about what lay behind this clip. The told of story of how they came to buy Christian the lion from a London department store in the late 60s, how they lived with the lion whilst working in a furniture shop down the King’s Road and how they eventually came to introduce their lion into the wild under the watchful eye of lion expert, George Adamson. Through his work with Christian he developed a life long interest in conservation.
A LION CALLED CHRISTIAN – Buy it here
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.
`This fascinating story has a wonderful ending’ –Daily Mail, March 21st 2009
PUBLISHER: Bantam Press
PUBLICATION DATE: March 2009