In 1971 Ace Bourke and John Rendall published A Lion Called Christian, the story of a lion from London who returned to Africa. The book was published in six countries and four languages.
A year after Christian’s return to Africa Ace and John returned to see him and their unforgettable reunion with a now much bigger lion has, forty years later, been viewed on YouTube and the Oprah Winfrey show by over 100 million people, introducing Christian’s story to a new world audience.
In 2009 Ace and John revised and updated A Lion Called Christian, which now includes their return visits to Kenya in 1971 and 1972. Christian was last seen in 1973, and George Adamson died at Kora in 1989.
The new edition includes information about Christian from George’s 1986 autobiography My Pride and Joy, and The Great Safari: a biography of George and Joy by Adrian House published in 1993. It also contains information from letters Ace wrote to his parents at the time. The new edition of A Lion Called Christian also contains information on the work of the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust (GAWPT) including a current project rehabilitating George’s camp at Kora, and speculation on what may have happened to Christian.
This edition of A Lion Called Christian is published by Random House and has been translated into more than 18 languages. It reached No 2 on the New York Times best seller list, and No 2 on the Sunday Telegraph (UK) best seller list. It was also the first eBook for Random House. Other editions have also been published including the children’s scrapbook and the young readers’ editions. Film rights are currently under negotiation.
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