Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

The Life in My Years

Virginia McKenna

By Virginia McKenna, £25 (+P&P1)

Foreword by Joanna Lumley

Signed copies available - exclusive to Born Free

Wonderful news!  Following much speculation, a huge press launch and massive media coverage, our Founder’s inspirational and eagerly awaited memoirs have at last been published, to coincide with our charity’s 25th Anniversary.  With a special foreword by Born Free’s Founder Patron actress Joanna Lumley, Virginia McKenna’s critically acclaimed, autobiography The Life in My Years is now available from Born Free. 

In her thought-provoking book, Virginia - recently voted one of the most inspirational people of all time in a Daily Telegraph poll - gives a fascinating insight into her life as an acclaimed actress and wildlife crusader.  Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to enjoy her remarkable story.  Discover the heart-rending truth behind why she and her husband Bill Travers were inspired to launch our wildlife charity – the Born Free Foundation. 

Each book bought from Born Free will be personally signed by Virginia.  To order your copy 01403 240170 or order here online, just £25 per book (+P&P1). 

Now available in paperback for just £14.99 inc P+P 

The book is also available in all good bookshops nationwide.

Virginia McKenna starred in some of the most popular and enduring movies of our time, including Carve Her Name With Pride, A Town Like Alice and of course the phenomenally successful Born Free, in which she and Bill Travers depicted the story of conservationists George and Joy Adamson and their reintroduction of Elsa the orphaned lion cub to the wild.  

Following the multi-award-winning Born Free – a film which Barack Obama found inspiring - both actors were at the peak of their careers, but the film and all it still stands for changed their lives.  Its powerful message stayed with them and so began a lifetime’s campaigning across the world to save animals from commercial exploitation, imprisonment in zoos and the loss of their natural habitat.  At the heart of this autobiography is a call to respect nature and all that it provides.

Despite an exceptional career in cinema and theatre, Virginia McKenna pushed aside the glamour of movie stardom and the West End to focus relentlessly on her personal mission with the Born Free Foundation, as well as other concerns such as the plight of orphaned children across the world.  This book will inspire anyone who cares about the future of the planet and all the creatures dependent on it, including human beings. The Life in My Years is the inspirational story of an extraordinary life.

1£3 UK, £5 Europe, £9 elsewhere per book


Some reviews of Virginia's book from readers on Amazon

5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read,
3 April 2009

By A lady from Devon (Devon, England)

I read this book over several days, often dipping in and out of. The book gave me a great "feel good factor" and I admire how she gave up the type of life she had to concentrate on something she loved so dearly. It makes you realise just how important life and animals are to this world. It certantly makes you think!! I great read for all the family. Very good.


5.0 out of 5 stars A great companion read with Christian the Lion,
17 April 2009

By Kathy Russell (Blackburn, Lancashire)

A terrific memoir from a truly admirable woman. Virginia Mckenna was one of the best British actresses of her generation and yet she set aside much of her career to focus on her family and in later life devoted to her passion for animal welfare. Some incredible pictures in this book too - wonderful production job. I can't recommend it strongly enough - if you liked Ace and John's story you will love this.

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful,
11 Aug 2009

By Mrs D. Davies (Cheshire, England)

What a wonderfully written book. I must confess that books never make me cry but this one made me cry during almost every chapter. A real rollercoaster of emotions. Virginia's devotion to her family, and particular her husband Bill, is so vividly explained. Her love for Bill is my abiding memory of this book. Her stories about the animals she has helped during her life kept me absolutely riveted. As a member of Born Free I find her a real inspiration, this book was one of the best books I have ever read, its sheer truthfulness and raw emotion are humbling to read

Virginia McKenna Interview

Thanks to Sundance Media for producing this video

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