“Enchanting . . . a strange tour of late eighteenth-century England, a natural history of elephants and the story of a most unusual friendship.” —The Washington Post
A poignant and magical story set in eighteenth-century England, The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson is the tale of two baby elephants and the young man who accidentally finds himself their guardian. Every reader who was enchanted by Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants or enthralled by When Elephants Weep will adore Nicholson’s The Elephant Keeper—a masterful blending of historical novel, coming-of-age tale, animal adventure, and love story.
“Intensely moving . . . an exceptional novel.” —The Boston Globe
“Endearing . . . Like the elephant at its centre, Nicholson’s book is gentle, profound and sweet-natured.” —The Guardian
“Bighearted and warm, with a slow-moving kind of grace, the book is very much like the two elephants that inhabit the world of the novel. Elegant and beautiful, the writing is precise and well-paced. The Elephant Keeper is a book that will stay with you long after you have read the last page.” —Raleigh News & Observer
“An extended meditation on human needs and how our choices shape a better or lesser existence . . . [A] poignant, heartfelt novel.” —St. Louis Post Dispatch
“Christopher Nicholson traces the arc of Tom and Jenny’s surprising journey with delicate empathy. He confronts sex, violence and power, but he does not shy away from less dramatic themes, such as gentleness and companionship, which help to make The Elephant Keeper such a rewarding book.” —Times Literary Supplement
“The Elephant Keeper is the best book I’ve read in the past twenty years or so.” —Nikki Giovanni, poet