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About Katja Willemsen
After a frenetic career in marketing and advertising, Katja said goodbye to briefcases, bosses and bags under her eyes and began to write full time.
Her first book, Shepherd’s Prayer, was a page turning part thriller, part human drama. She is intrigued by people who seem strong on the surface but are often vulnerable or broken underneath. Her fiction themes deal with the secrets and shadows of life.
An Elephant in my Kitchen is her first non-fiction. Writing about Françoise Malby-Anthony’s life on her game reserve in Zululand after the death of her husband was a surprising turn of events for Katja but she loved every minute of bringing Françoise's stories alive.
Katja Willemsen was born in Holland, grew up in South Africa and now lives in a tiny French hamlet in the Pyrenees with her husband Dave and their two and a half cats: Pixie, Frodo-Morodo and rescue-kitten Lucie.
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"Malby-Anthony offers a book of great inspiration and wide appeal to nature-loving readers." —Publishers Weekly
A heart-warming sequel to the international bestseller The Elephant Whisperer, by Lawrence Anthony's wife Françoise Malby-Anthony.
A chic Parisienne, Françoise never expected to find herself living on a South African game reserve. But then she fell in love with conservationist Lawrence Anthony and everything changed. After Lawrence’s death, Françoise faced the daunting responsibility of running Thula Thula without him. Poachers attacked their rhinos, their security team wouldn’t take orders from a woman and the authorities were threatening to cull their beloved elephant family. On top of that, the herd’s feisty new matriarch Frankie didn’t like her.
In this heart-warming and moving book, Françoise describes how she fought to protect the herd and to make her dream of building a wildlife rescue center a reality. She found herself caring for a lost baby elephant who turned up at her house, and offering refuge to traumatized orphaned rhinos, and a hippo called Charlie who was scared of water. As she learned to trust herself, she discovered she’d had Frankie wrong all along.
Filled with extraordinary animals and the humans who dedicate their lives to saving them, An Elephant in My Kitchen is a captivating and gripping read.
Shepherd’s Prayer is a dark atmospheric novel with two storylines: a gripping crusade to save a young boy's life, and the grim struggle of two siblings to confront their family shame.