Get to know a Lion’s heart

Gareth Patterson is internationally renowned for his work with lions.

One of the world’s best known lion men, Gareth Patterson, is giving the public a look at his life in his newest book, My Lion’s Heart.

The book will be published in Africa by Tracey McDonald Publishers and is scheduled for October 2014.

Patterson has written several books, but this covers new ground – a highly personal look back at the fourty years of his life spent among the lion and his fight to save them from extinction.

“My Lion’s Heart is my tenth book, and is probably the most important book I have written. It tells my life story, a story of tears and smiles, about my attempts to greater protect the iconic animal symbol of this continent, the African lion,” says Patterson.

Tracey McDonald, the publisher, feels very honoured to publish a book by Gareth Patterson, a man who has tirelessly dedicated his life to protecting Africa’s wildlife. “We are a young publishing house and having a writer of Gareth’s great talent has created much excitement here that we are thrilled to share.”

The person that brought writer and publisher together, Sonia Land of Sheil Land Associated, says: “I’m absolutely delighted that Gareth is ‘reunited’ with the editor in Tracey McDonald Publishers that he has worked with in the past, for this most personal and intimate autobiography. He is a truly remarkable man who unwaveringly devotes his life, amidst threats to his own, to saving the endangered wildlife. His story brings both tears of anguish and joy as it speaks not only for himself but also for those animals he so loves. When reading the story of his life, you will feel that there is something very magical in their relationship.”

Patterson’s other books include Cry for the Lions (1989), Where the Lion Walked (1991), The Lions’ Legacy (1991), Last of the Free (1994), With My Soul Amongst Lions (1995), Dying to be Free (1998), Making a Killing (2000), To Walk with Lions (2001) and The Secret Elephants (2010).

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