The Elephant Keeper

Christopher Nicholson's novel The Elephant Keeper was first published in the United Kingdom in 2009. It has also been published in the United States, and in translation in China, Taiwan, Spain and the Netherlands. The Elephant Keeper was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and the Encore Award. A serial adaptation was broadcast as a BBC Radio 4 'Book of the Week'.

Set in late 18th century England, the novel tells the story of the relationship between a female elephant and her keeper in a difficult and uncertain world.

Link Read reviews of the novel
Link Read the first chapter
Link Read Christopher Nicholson on the writing of The Elephant Keeper
Link Read Christopher Nicholson's endpiece on the early history of elephants, with pictures of historic elephants

Listen to a 2009 interview with Christopher Nicholson about The Elephant Keeper on: