Ivory Moon

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Macmillan Publishers Aus., Jul 1, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages

Sally Henderson's long love affair with Africa and its elephants was brought to life in the bestselling Silent Footsteps. Now she returns with Ivory Moon, a memoir set in Namibia - in one of the most hostile landscapes on the planet.

When Sally and her husband, Jer, volunteer to run a remote safari camp in the parched Namib Desert, where existence depends on the life-giving fog from the Skeleton Coast, she has no idea if it is heaven or hell that awaits her. If her longing for a wilderness experience where elephants roam the dunes is tried by extremes of climate, sandstorms and dangerous encounters with wild animals, Sally does not expect it will be camp politics that will take her to the edge.

But that's exactly the case. A woman running a camp in a man's world, Sally is tested by the staff, who come from many different tribes, and challenged by the intractable men's men who make Africa their hunting ground. The quest for equilibrium is intensified by the haunting presence of intangible things and the echoes of an ancient mystery.

Beautifully told, Sally's vivid depiction of the natural world and the wildlife that rules Africa's desert are unparalleled. Ivory Moon takes us into the heart of a strange desert world where nothing is as it seems.

 

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Contents

The land that God forgot
1
Shadows of elephants
11
Time in limbo
22
Welcome to hell
29
I am the one
40
A great grey beast
52
Show weakness and youre dead
63
Hoots roars and rumbles
71
Among the children of the stars
164
The phantom appears
174
The spirit of the wilderness
186
The mouse that would be an elephant
197
As strange as a unicorn
203
The beat of silent drums
211
A giraffe in the freezer 221
221
Tribal harmony
231

Close encounters of the third kind
84
Dream prey for crazy gods
96
Monster Hill
100
The elephants playground
111
Primal instincts
121
Ghosts leave no footprints
134
The hyaena with wings
140
Pride and prejudice
153
Maverick missionaries
240
Lost 251
251
Wake up and roar
257
The last lullaby
265
In memoriam
275
Acknowledgements
277
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About the author (2009)

Sally Henderson was born in Toowoomba, Australia. She studied at the University of Queensland while raising her two children. Sally's driving passion to help conserve endangered African wildlife was fulfilled in 1990 when she joined the elephant research project in Zimbabwe, which inspired her memoir Silent Footsteps. She has travelled extensively throughout Africa, studying many aspects of conservation and a diverse array of African cultures.

Sally lives on the Sunshine Coast, QLD, with her husband Jeremy.

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