Our Gra­ham books him­self a film deal

Real-life tale picked up by Hol­ly­wood pro­duc­ers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Laura Mowat laura.mowat@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

OUR very own on­line edi­tor, Gra­ham Spence, has se­cured a film deal for his best­selling book, The Ele­phant Whis­perer.

Get­bucks web edi­tor Gra­ham’s sec­ond book, which he wrote with his con­ser­va­tion­ist broth­erin-law Lawrence An­thony, has sold over 200,000 copies.

It is un­der­stood that one of the top choices of ac­tors for the film’s Amer­i­can pro­duc­ers is Hol­ly­wood star Jeff Bridges.

The story re­calls how Lawrence, who died of a heart attack in 2012, was asked to ac­cept a rogue herd of ele­phants on his Thula Thula game re­serve in Zu­l­u­land, South Africa.



“I am look­ing for­ward to it com­ing out. I am re­ally happy that it has all come to­gether.

“Lawrence very proud.

“He was a guy from the bush, he be­came a much cel­e­brated con­ser­va­tion­ist, he was amazed that peo­ple thought he was ex­tra­or­di­nary.”

The book fo­cuses on the re­mark­able bond that Lawrence cre­ated with the an­i­mals to save them from death and how he man­aged to gain the ele­phants’ trust.

Gra­ham took eight months to write it, wak­ing at 4am and us­ing his week­ends to write.

Ev­ery time he would fin­ish a chap­ter, he sent it to Lawrence for his feed­back.

Gra­ham said: “I was not that sur­prised that peo­ple wanted to turn it



AU­THOR: Gra­ham Spence into a film as the book had done so well.

“The book has touched a lot of peo­ple, it is an adventure story about how they run re­serve in Africa.

“It ap­peals to an­i­mal lovers.”

Gra­ham’s first book, Baby­lon’s Ark, may also be made into a film by the pro­duc­ers of the Hunger Games.

The book is about Lawrence’s visit to Iraq to save the an­i­mals of Bagh­dad Zoo, dur­ing the 2003 in­va­sion.

Lawrence re­ceived a UN’s Earth Day award for his ef­forts.

Gra­ham said: “We de­cided that we would write Baby­lon’s Ark over a beer and it took us five years to get a pub­lish­ing deal.”

Be­sides work­ing full­time as a dig­i­tal jour­nal­ist, Gra­ham is now work­ing on a book about peo­ple who res­cued an­i­mals from Hur­ri­cane Katrina.

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