Virginia McKenna starred in some of the most popular and enduring movies
of our time, among them Carve Her Name With Pride, A Town Like Alice and
Born Free, in which she played opposite her husband, Bill Travers. After
Born Free both actors were at the peak of their careers, but the film and
all it still stands for changed their lives. Its powerful message stayed
with them, and so began a worldwide campaign to save animals from
commercial exploitation, "imprisonment" in zoos and loss of their
At the heart of this book is a cry for change in attitude - to respect
nature and all that it provides. Virginia McKenna has pushed aside the
glamour of movie stardom, the West End and Broadway where she starred in
major shows like The King and I and A Little Night Music. Instead she
focuses relentlessly on her personal mission with the Born Free
Foundation or the plight of orphaned children across the world.
Through the prism of memory a lifetime of experiences, ecstatic, amusing
or tragic have flooded back in the form of anecdotes, meditations and
poems to form this book.
This book will inspire anyone who cares about the future of the planet
and all the creatures dependent on it, including human beings.
Part of the proceeds from each book sold will go to support Born Free Foundation campaigns.