What an honor to have an inspired conversation with author and icon, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas (check out her books!). We talked about her early life of living in Africa among the Bushmen as well as her take on the current state of our earth. This woman is so full of grace and wisdom. She is also best friends with our beloved Sy Montgomery.
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has spent a lifetime observing other creatures and other cultures from here own backyard to the African Savannah. Her books have transported millions into the hidden lives of animals. She’s chronicled the daily lives of African tribes, and even imagined the lives of prehistoric humans. Now, she opens the doors to her own.
Dreaming of Lions traces Thomas’s life from her earliest days, including when, as a young woman in the 1950s, her family left for the Kalahari Desert to study the Bushmen. Readers join here as she lives in the Kalahari and later in Uganda where she navigates the turmoil leading to Idi Amin’s bloody coup, launches a writing career, immerses herself in family life, confronts personal tragedies, and harbors a steady fascination with animals–from elephants in Namibia, to dogs in her kitchen, or cougars outside her New England farmhouse. A true observer, Thomas writes about her own life with the same kind of fierce honesty that she applies to the world around her.
I just finished reading Dreaming of Lions ~ and it felt like I was receiving a unique and wonderful gift. I can’t wait to read more by her. Thanks for interviewing this amazing person! Much love… Abigail