Gareth Patterson’s Autobiography MY LION’S HEART

Gareth Patterson’s autobiography My Lion’s Heart will be published in Africa by Tracey McDonald Publishers.

Patterson is undoubtedly one of the world’s best known lion men, and his story is a most moving account – beguiling, inspirational and emotive. Whilst Patterson has written many books already, My Lion’s Heart covers new ground and is a highly personal look back at his forty years of his life amongst the lions and his fight to save them from extinction. 

Patterson says: “My Lion’s Heart is my tenth book, and is probably the most important book I have written. It tells my life story, a story of tears and smiles, about my attempts to greater protect the iconic animal symbol of this continent, the African lion. I am absolutely delighted that Tracey McDonald Publishers will be publishing My Lion’s Heart.”

Sonia Land from Sheil Land Associates brokered the deal. Land says: “I’m absolutely delighted that Gareth is ‘reunited’ with the editor in Tracey McDonald Publishers that he has worked with in the past, for this most personal and intimate autobiography. He is a truly remarkable man who unwaveringly devotes his life, amidst threats to his own, to saving the endangered wildlife. His story brings both tears of anguish and joy as it speaks not only for himself but also for those animals he so loves. When reading the story of his life, you will feel that there is something very magical in their relationship!”

Patterson’s other books include Cry for the Lions (1989), Where the Lion Walked (1991), The Lions’ Legacy (1991), Last of the Free (1994), With My Soul Amongst Lions (1995), Dying to be Free (1998), Making a Killing (2000), To Walk with Lions (2001) and The Secret Elephants (2010). For more information about Gareth Patterson visit his website –

My Lion’s Heart is scheduled for publication in October 2014.

© Photograph: Louise Gubb


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