Father of Lions

DUE IN JANUARY: Father of Lions astounds with the depth of its characters, in particular that of Abu Laith, the keeper of the Mosel Zoo in war-torn Iraq. When others of his culture consider animals dirty and unnecessary, he fights against all odds to keep the menagerie fed and secure during the Isis's occupation of Mosel. Author Louise Callaghan weaves together voluminous interviews with a host of people who risked their lives to help Abu Laith honor his promise to the animals and to himself. This is a portrait of the triumph of goodness and the universal human-animal connection. Recommended by Kelly

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ISBN: 9781250248947
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Published: Forge Books - January 14th, 2020

Father of Lions is the powerful true story of the evacuation of the Mosul Zoo, featuring Abu Laith the zookeeper, Simba the lion cub, Lula the bear, and countless others, faithfully depicted by acclaimed, award-winning journalist Louise Callaghan in her trade publishing debut.