A book deal posted yesterday in Publisher’s Marketplace caught my eye—Farrar, Straus will publish the memoir of 73-year-old Kenyan conservationist Dame Daphne Sheldrick, who is known for raising and rehabilitating wild animals such as elephants and rhinos.
Titled An African Love Story, the story will focus on Sheldrick’s relationship with her late husband David Sheldrick, also a wildlife campaigner who was the founding warden of Kenya’s Tsavo National Park. (Daphne left her first husband to marry David, and this will be addressed in the memoir.) BBC has already produced a popular documentary about Daphne called “Elephant Diaries.”
Film rights have been sold to Warner, and interestingly, Imax rights have also been sold. Filming will start this summer in Kenya.