• Zia Exclusives
    • Zia Vinyl Exclusives
    • Zia Gear
    • Gift Cards
  • Halloween
    • Arrow Sale
    • Blue Underground
    • Scary Good Movies
    • Spooky Stuff!
    • Stranger Things
    • It
    • Costumes & Props
  • Shop
    • New Arrivals
    • Enamel Pins
    • Vinyl Exclusives
    • Vinyl
    • Music
    • Pre-Orders / Coming Soon
    • Movies
  • Events
    • Calendar
    • Contests
  • Connect
    • Contact us
    • Wishlist / My Account
    • Buy Sell Trade
    • Find A Store
    • Ask Us Anything
    • Consignment
    • Work At Zia
    • Newsletter
    • Twitter
    • Facebook
    • Instagram
    • Returns Policy
    • Tokens for Charity
  • Menu
    • Zia Exclusives
      • Zia Vinyl Exclusives
      • Zia Gear
      • Gift Cards
    • Halloween
      • Arrow Sale
      • Blue Underground
      • Scary Good Movies
      • Spooky Stuff!
      • Stranger Things
      • It
      • Costumes & Props
    • Shop
      • New Arrivals
      • Enamel Pins
      • Vinyl Exclusives
      • Vinyl
      • Music
      • Pre-Orders / Coming Soon
      • Movies
    • Events
      • Calendar
      • Contests
    • Connect
      • Contact us
      • Wishlist / My Account
      • Buy Sell Trade
      • Find A Store
      • Ask Us Anything
      • Consignment
      • Work At Zia
      • Newsletter
      • Twitter
      • Facebook
      • Instagram
      • Returns Policy
      • Tokens for Charity
  • Menu
    • Zia Exclusives
      • Zia Vinyl Exclusives
      • Zia Gear
      • Gift Cards
    • Halloween
      • Arrow Sale
      • Blue Underground
      • Scary Good Movies
      • Spooky Stuff!
      • Stranger Things
      • It
      • Costumes & Props
    • Shop
      • New Arrivals
      • Enamel Pins
      • Vinyl Exclusives
      • Vinyl
      • Music
      • Pre-Orders / Coming Soon
      • Movies
    • Events
      • Calendar
      • Contests
    • Connect
      • Contact us
      • Wishlist / My Account
      • Buy Sell Trade
      • Find A Store
      • Ask Us Anything
      • Consignment
      • Work At Zia
      • Newsletter
      • Twitter
      • Facebook
      • Instagram
      • Returns Policy
      • Tokens for Charity
Shop  >>  Books  >>  Fiction (General)

Christopher Nicholson

The Elephant Keeper

Christopher Nicholson The Elephant Keeper 1 Reprint
$16.99 New
$8.99 Pre-owned
Item Currently Unavailable – Place A Special Order

Add To Cart
In-Stock – should ship within 1-3 business days

Add To Cart




Main description:

England, 1766: After a long voyage from the East Indies, a ship docks in Bristol, England, and rumor quickly spreads about its unusual cargo. In the final two crates is a pair of young elephants, in poor health but alive.

Seeing a unique opportunity, a wealthy sugar merchant purchases the elephants for his country estate and turns their care over to a young stable boy, Tom Page. It takes time for Tom and the elephants to understand each other, but to the surprise of everyone on the estate, a remarkable bond is formed.

The Elephant Keeper is a captivating tale of love and loyalty between one man and the two exotic animals that change the lives of everyone who encounters them.

Review quote:

“[A] remarkable debut. An unforgettable picture of an elephant/human relationship so close that, as the elephant learns to think like a human, she teaches her human to think like an elephant. This is one of the best books of the year.”

Review quote:

“[Nicholson’s] lush new novel of the late 18th century…Jenny is a magnificent character…She gives the book its weight, in every sense…the sheer richness of the story’s texture. The Elephant Keeper evokes 18th-century village and estate life beautifully, and is stuffed with fascinating data from medical and veterinary history.”

Review quote:

“A captivatingly original novel…This is a wonderful feat of story-telling, remarkable for its ability to wrench your heart without resorting to easy sentimentality.”

Review quote:

“A pleasingly ambling tale.”

Review quote:

“A sensitive boy suddenly becomes groom to Timothy and Jenny, the first pair of young elephants brought into England in the 1700s. This informative, engaging and moving book has clear insight into the impact of poverty, alienation and isolation that is as relevant today as it was then.”

Review quote:

“An endearing account of a virtually telepathic relationship between man and animal.”

Review quote:

“An extended meditation on human needs and how our choices shape a better or lesser existance. [A] poignant, heartfelt novel.”

Review quote:

“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.”

Review quote:

“Endearing...Like the elephant at its centre, Nicholson’s book is gentle, profound and sweet-natured.”

Review quote:

“Nicholson’s light touch and sly humor ensures that the animal-human dialogue is entirely natural and intensely moving. (An) exceptional novel.”

Review quote:

“THE ELEPHANT KEEPER is a strange tour of late 18th-century England, a natural history of elephants and the story of a most unusual friendship, all told with a touch of the otherworldly elegance and wit of Babar.”

Review quote:

“This elegant story is not just for animal lovers. In it, readers see how the bonds of friendship go beyond time, age or species. Definitely one to put on your “to read” list.”

Review quote:

“While deftly portraying 18th century village and estate life as well as the dark, fog-bound streets of London, The Elephant Keeper examines themes such as human choice, fate and the cruel British class system.”

Short description/annotation:

“Intensely moving. [An] exceptional novel.”
Boston Globe

 

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.

  •  

Connect With Us