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Leopard in My Lap – a forgotten gem


While searching through an unlikely list of candidates to be inducted into our Weird Book Room, I came across this book – Leopard in my Lap by Michaela Denis. They don’t publish books like this one any more.

leopard-in-my-lap2Published in 1955, it’s an autobiographical account of seven safaris taken by photographer and film-maker Armand Denis and his wife Michaela in South America, Africa, Papua New Guinea, and Australia. I just love the cover and I bet that it might be a decent read too. I immediately thought about A Lion Called Christian.

Michaela trained as a fashion designer in New York before marrying Armand and before going on safari and encountering African tribes, lions, or elephant herds, and crocodiles. Apparently, Michaela acted as Deborah Kerr’s double in King Solomon’s Mines.

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Richard Davies

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