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The Elephant Keeper

Product Number: D734
Released: 01 Jul, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781407459974
Narrator(s): Roger May
Publisher: W F Howes
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In the middle of the 18th century, a ship docks at Bristol with an extraordinary cargo: two young elephants. Bought by a wealthy landowner, they are taken to his estate in the English countryside. A stable boy, Tom Page, is given the task of caring for them. The Elephant Keeper is Tom's account of his life with the elephants.

Original Publish Date: 01 Jul, 2010

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Narrator(s): Roger May
Product Number CX641
Released: 01 Apr, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: W F Howes
ISBN: #9781407456195

Professional reviews

"'Like the elephant at its centre, Nicholson's book is gentle, profound and sweet-natured.' THE OBSERVER 'It isn't often that amid all the indifferent fiction - historical novels especially - I'm offered for review every week, I come upon an absolute gem. Nicholson's story, set in 1773, about a 15-year-old boy from Somerset employed to take care of a pair of elephants bought by a wealthy Bristol merchant with a vague plan of breeding from them for the lucrative ivory market, defies category. Technically, I suppose, it is a historical novel, but though we're aware that the events could only have taken place in the late 18th century when most people had never heard of, let alone seen, an elephant, it is the extraordinary relationship between the keeper Tom Page and his charges Timothy and Jenny that had me at times close to tears. How much of this delightful but often darkly disturbing book is based on historical records I don't know, and frankly it doesn't matter. The result is a joy.' SUE ARNOLD, THE GUARDIAN"

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