Fans of the late Lawrence Anthony’s The Elephant Whisperer will be thrilled with the release of An Elephant In My Kitchen, written by his wife, Françoise Malby-Anthony. After Lawrence passed away it was up to Françoise to pick up where he left off and run the reserve at Thula Thula. She has written a wonderful memoir that describes the ordeals, the joys and above all the developing relationships she’s created with these wonderful creatures. Her first challenges were installing new security measures to try and stop poachers from cashing in on her husband’s death. With no time to grieve she had to face up to having her authority questioned as a woman, let alone win the trust of the new matriarch who decided she didn’t like Françoise. Slowly she found her footing: she took on a new lost baby elephant, two traumatised and orphaned rhinos and a hippo who didn’t like water, and her confidence grew. Her story is a beautiful, funny and often inspiring account of a brave woman who, through sad circumstance, has found a rich, rewarding love for the wildlife in her care.