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The Elephant and the Bee


ISBN: 9781909762244

Publication date: April 11, 2016

Price: 12.99

Formats available: Paperback, ebook

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The Elephant and the Bee is the memoir of a young white Kenyan girl whose lifelong quest to change the world leads her deep into the unknown, round the bend and then back again.

Driven by a childhood urge to ‘Save the World’ young, naive Kenyan, Jess de Boer leaves her pampered and privileged home in Nairobi and heads out following no set direction or calling. She ricochets from one experience to another, sometimes hilarious, others jarring and emotional, until a sequence of events takes her back to Africa and, serendipitously, into the glorious world of beekeeping.

The Elephant and the Bee follows the hilarious journey of our wide-eyed modern day explorer and visionary as she tackles the enormous challenges of aid in Africa, environmental concerns and conservation issues, with all the internet-derived hubris of today’s youth. When Oprah says, “Be all you can be” and “Live your best life” Jess believes the former and is dedicated to the latter.

An insightful memoir from a twenty-something girl with big Oprah-esque dreams, this book is a hurricane of energy; at times funny ridiculous and educational, a sobering compendium, hard fought lessons and instructions for anyone out there who believes in their ability to stand up, shout out and make a difference.

– A fully illustrated travel memoir with deluxe production values.

– Jess de Boer is the young, accessible voice of ecological awareness and permaculture.

– Funny, surprising, exploratory and extremely well written.

Jess de Boer UK Tour May 2016

Meet our Kenyan author Jess de Boer during her UK tour this May. See below for a few opportunities around the city to catch up with our author and get a signed copy of her book The Elephant and the Bee.


Thursday 19th May, 7-8pm
Meet Jess de Boer at Planet Organic Tottenham Court Road
22-24 Tottenham Court Rd, London W1T 1BJ
FREE ENTRY. To reserve your free ticket email events@planetorganic.com with subject ELEPHANT&BEE

Beekeeping expert and permaculture champion Jess de Boer will offer some insight into the projects and people she has worked with throughout the Horn of Africa. Followed by book signing.

Wednesday 25th May, 6:30-9pm
African Wealth: Fact, fiction & analysis with Jess de Boer, Frances Mensah Williams & Rex McKenzie
Brixton Library, Brixton Library, Brixton Oval, SW2 1JQ
FREE ENTRY. Email jazzmine@jacarandabooksartmusic.co.uk to reserve your place or for more info

Head over to Brixton Library to meet Jacaranda authors Jess de Boer (The Elephant and the Bee) and Frances Mensah Williams (From Pasta to Pigfoot, From Pasta to Pigfoot: Second Helpings) joined by economist Rex McKenzie for an evening of readings and vibrant discussion of African wealth and economy as represented in fiction, non-fiction and academia.

Thursday 26th May, 6-8pm
The Elephant and the Bee. Reading and Q&A

University of Westminster, Westminster Forum, 32-38 Wells St, London W1T 3UW.
FREE ENTRY. Email contemporarysmallpress@gmail.com for more information

The Contemporary Small Press and Institute of Modern and Contemporary Culture, University of Westminster, will host author Jess de Boer for a reading and Q&A about her book The Elephant and the Bee.  Jess will be introduced and the Q&A facilitated by Sally-Shakti Willow, PhD researcher at the University of Westminster and Research Assistant at The Contemporary Small Press. Event will be followed by book signing.

Plus catch Jess LIVE on BBC Radio London, Friday 20th May from 3pm.

  1. When and where is the book launch? Thanks

    • Hi Caroline – apologies for the slow reply. There is no upcoming launch as such, however Jess has two more events this week where she will be reading and signing books. On Wednesday 25th May from 7pm Jess will be at Brixton Library, Brixton Oval, SW2 1JQ and on Thursday 26th May Jess will have a reading & Q&A with the Contemporary Small Press at University of Westminster, Westminster Forum, 32-38 Wells St, London W1T 3UW. I hope this helps.
      Jacaranda Books

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