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Pollyanna and Anna-Louise are proud to present their long awaited fourth book.

The Eye of the Tiger is the beautifully illustrated story of two expeditions to India recounting their unique experiences – working with project tiger rangers; being given an orphan sloth bear as a birthday gift; facing a charging tiger and living to tell the tale. At the heart of this absorbing travel journal is the majestic tiger and the heroic efforts of all those who strive to ensure its survival in the wild.

Pollyanna has long held a fascination for painting this increasingly threatened species, and in 1990 she travelled to some of the remotest protected reserves in the jungles of Southern India. Accompanied by her daughter Anna-Louise and the world-renowned vet Bill Jordan, founder of the charity Care for the Wild, she braved the heat and discomfort to be rewarded with a sketch pad full of inspiration. Entertaining and informative extracts from Anna-Louise’s journals tell the remarkable story of an orphaned sloth bear cub as well as Pollyanna’s visit to the Bannaghatta reserve to sketch the ‘Born Free’ tigers. These five tigers were rescued from a roadside circus in Kent, where they had been kept in horrendous conditions, in cages with barely enough space to turn round. Following a campaign by the Born Free Foundation and The Mail on Sunday, enough money was raised to fly them out to a sanctuary in their ancestral homeland. “The only image I had of these tigers prior to my visit was the black and white photos of them confined in their circus 'beast wagon', a squalid prison. To see them roaming free under the heat of the Indian sun was an incredible experience.” Pollyanna commented “In the sanctuary they can run for the first time in their lives, roam and even swim in the river” .

Pollyanna and Anna-Louise fell in love with the country, the people, the wildlife and the constant chaos that is India
In 2002 they made a second expedition, this time into the foothills of the Himalayas in the North of India to paint Bengal Tigers. Here they stayed and worked with anti-poaching rangers in the heart of a project tiger reserve. In order to see and sketch her subjects first hand Pollyanna was bounced, jolted, cut, bruised, scratched stung and bitten - and even charged by a wild tiger. "I have had one or two scary moments over the years of travelling to paint endangered species” Pollyanna commented "but I have never experienced a fear like looking into the eyes of a snarling wild tiger from a distance of four feet."

The book is lavishly illustrated throughout with Pollyanna’s sketches, and Anna-Louise’s photographs, and features 20 superb colour plates selected from the paintings completed by Pollyanna following her inspirational journeys.

“I feel I have travelled every step of the way with Pollyanna and Anna-Louise on their Indian Journey. Shared with them
the exhilaration,, wonder, fun and all the other myriad experiences they had as they sought the elusive tiger, symbol of India…..I hope this illuminating book will open many eyes and stir many hearts”

Virginia McKenna,
Actress and founder of the Born Free Foundation

"Pollyanna and her daughter Anna-Louise’s inspirational book comes from the hearts of a unique pairing, who celebrate and contribute to the care of their subject in the most practical ways. That passion for wildlife courses through the paintings, photography and words of this book."

Nick Jenkins,
International Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare


Book size :25cm x 25cm

244 pages

Every page is fully illustrated in colour

Foreword by Virginia McKenna

Preface by Nick Jenkins,
International Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare

Price : £29.95


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