LEOPARD IN MY LAP by Michaela Denis


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An unabashed account of a life spent Joyously and productively reflects the sympathetic and warm spirit, the intelligence and courage of its author. Reared in England, Michaela reached out for adventure by way of a New York fashion career, which she promptly discarded when Armand Denis appeared. Married in the Andes, their devotion is often revealed in an inclusive informality. With Armand, Michaela has traversed Africa, South America, and Australia. In Africa, where she acted as Deborah Kerr's stand-in while Armand acted as technical supervisor, she found her home -- and was accepted, the first white woman to be initiated into the sorceress cult. There are many moments of danger- escaping an angry lioness, or an elephant herd, or crocodiles while trapping them for photographs; there are many encounters with natives and their customs the Belgian Congo village women who ate their husbands to liberate themselves, the Chimbu and their ""sing sing"", the aborigine mother who left her child to be nursed to health by Michaela; there are many animal pets -- including the leopard, a coffee-sipping cockatoo and Priscilla, the pythoness. Unfailingly attractive, Michaela will appeal to just about everyone. She has already warmed the British reading public.

Pub Date: Sept. 26th, 1955
Publisher: Messner