Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Check this oke...
Which, for the Australians among us, means have a butcher's at this bloke.
You (like me) may have had photos of this man emailed to you. I get a bit of a laugh when it happens to me... people telling me how amazing this guy is, and the incredible gift he has for working with lions, etc etc etc...
Why do I chortle, Legion of Fans (LOF)? I'll tell you why... BECAUSE HE AND I RECENTLY WROTE HIS LIFE STORY!
The man in the picture, known to millions around the world via the magic of the internet as the "Lion Whisperer" is, in fact, Kevin Richardson, of Johannesburg and he is a damn fine fellow (or Lekker Oke to the rest of you).
I was lucky enough to receive a commission from St Martin's Press in the United States (affiliates of my very good friends Pan Macmillan Australia) to co-author Kevin's autobiography. Kevin and I got together at The Kingdom of the White Lion, where he lives, north of Johannesburg last August. I interviewed him for a week and the rest, as you will soon find out, is history.
Kevin's story, "PART OF THE PRIDE - MY LIFE AMONG THE BIG CATS OF AFRICA, By Kevin Richardson with Tony Park" is being released in the US and A this September.
And now for the late breaking news... My very good friends at Pan Macmillan Australia have decided to publish it here, downunder, around the same time!
This means that y'all in Australia (and, I'm hoping, South Africa) will be able to purchase the book from local booksellers.
I am bound by an oath of secrecy (and the need to spin this news out for several months) to not reveal any stories from the book, but no doubt that will change in time.
Does he have a secret gift? Is he really "the Lion Whisperer"? Or is he really just a naughty boy? You'll have to wait until September to read the book.
Bottom line is, he's a great guy and it knocked my thongs off seeing the way he interacts with his lions, hyenas, and many other predators.
Have you had Kevin in your inbox?