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Father of Lions: How One Man Defied Isis and Saved Mosul Zoo

Father of Lions: How One Man Defied Isis and Saved Mosul Zoo (Hardback)

By Callaghan, Louise

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This is a story of human decency in the midst of barbarism - how the zookeeper of Mosul Zoo saved the animals during the Isis rule of the city between 2014 and 2017.

ISBN 9781789540765
Barcode 9781789540765
Published 29 August 2019 by Head of Zeus
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781789540765
ISBN-10 1789540763
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Head of Zeus
Imprint Head of Zeus
Publication Date 29 August 2019
International Publication Date 3 October 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Callaghan, Louise
Category Biography & Autobiography
True Stories Of Endurance & Survival
Animals & Society
Terrorism, Freedom Fighters, Armed Struggle
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Zoo keepers - Iraq - Mosul, Zoos - Iraq - Mosul, Animal rescue - Iraq - Mosul, Mosul Iraq - History - 21st century, Mosul Iraq - Social conditions - 21st century
NBS Text Biography: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 590.92
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Between 2014 and 2017, the 'Islamic State' ruled the city of Mosul, in northern Iraq, killing 'traitors', destroying books and oppressing women. But miraculously, in a park on the eastern edge of the Tigris, a zoo was kept open. Father of Lions is the story of Mosul Zoo. It survived under the stern hand of Abu Laith, the zookeeper, a man with an interesting past and a lifelong animal lover. His real name was Imad, but for as long as he could remember everyone had called him by his nickname, Abu Laith - 'Father of Lions'. And the lions and bears survived not only two years of Isis occupation, but starvation and bombardment by liberating forces. As the animals began to starve, Abu Laith and his family and helpers went hungry to keep them alive. They risked their lives to pick through bins for leftovers in Isis-occupied neighbourhoods. In a final heroic effort, the surviving animals were smuggled out of Iraq in a daring rescue operation. This is a story of human decency in the midst of barbarism.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'An unexpectedly funny and moving book. You might not expect to laugh when reading about ISIS-held Mosul, but through the story of a man who loves both lions and life, Louise Callaghan shows how humour and defiance can counter cruelty, and why both humans and animals crave freedom' Lindsey Hilsum, International Editor, Channel 4 News and author of In Extremis: the life of war correspondent Marie Colvin.
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Louise Callaghan is the Middle East correspondent for the Sunday Times. She was named New Journalist of the Year in 2017, and won the Marie Colvin Award at the British Journalism Awards in 2018. The citation read, in part: 'Louise Callaghan's work fights to get to the truth of what is happening on the ground in rebel-held Syria... She bore witness to crimes governments and armed groups would rather were hidden away.' Forbes Magazine named her as one of their '30 under 30' key people in the media.

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