The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson

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“Intensely moving. [An] exceptional novel.”
Boston Globe

 

A poignant and magical story set in eighteenth-century England, The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson is the tale of two baby elephants and the young man who accidentally finds himself their guardian. Every reader who was enchanted by Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants or enthralled by When Elephants Weep will adore Nicholson’s The Elephant Keeper—a masterful blending of historical novel, coming-of-age tale, animal adventure, and love story.

 

About Christopher Nicholson

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A prizewinning radio documentary producer who has worked for the BBC World Service, Christopher Nicholson rode an elephant for the first time at Chitwan National Park in Nepal. He has been interested in natural history his entire life, and many of the programs he produced for the BBC revolved around the connection between animals and humans. Because of a love for the novels of Thomas Hardy, Nicholson and his wife settled in Dorset, England, with their two children.
 
Published July 23, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 308 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Towards the end of this endearing novel, Jenny the Elephant has joined Cross's Famous Menagery as one of the many exotics who entertain the crowds of 18th-century London for as long as their health permits.

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BC Books

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Christopher Nicholson's new historical novel, The Elephant Keeper, is set in England in the second half of the eighteenth century.

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AV Club

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For a novel about the intense bond between two living things, a bond that sustains Tom and Jenny through incredible hardship, The Elephant Keeper features a tough-edged loneliness lurking just around its dark corners.

Aug 27 2009 | Read Full Review of The Elephant Keeper

Deseret News

The ability to see elephants up-close in a zoo or in their native habitat on TV or in theme parks and reserves makes elephants seem a bit commonplace.

Aug 02 2009 | Read Full Review of The Elephant Keeper

Bookmarks Magazine

The Elephant Keeper is a strange tour of late 18th-century England, a natural history of elephants and the story of a most unusual friendship, all told with a touch of the otherworldly elegance and wit of Babar."

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