Thorndike Press

Olive the Lionheart: Lost Love, Imperial Spies, and One Woman's Journey into the Heart of Africa

  • Brad Ricca
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  • ISBN-10: 1432884778
  • ISBN-13: 9781432884772
  • DDC: B
  • Shipping Weight: 1.55 lbs ( .70 kgs)
  • 578 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released January 2021

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A Christian Science Monitor “10 Best Books of August” Pick

In 1910, Olive MacLeod, a thirty-year-old, redheaded Scottish aristocrat, received word that her fiancé, the famous naturalist Boyd Alexander, was missing in Africa. So she went to find him. Olive the Lionheart is the thrilling true story of her astonishing journey – and her awakening to the real reason of why she really came to Africa in the first place. Drawing on Olive’s own letters and secret diaries, Olive the Lionheart is a love story that defies all boundaries, set against the backdrop of a beautiful, unconquerable Africa.


Customer Reviews

“Fans of women’s history and adventure stories will cheer this engrossing account.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Ricca makes the most of this engaging story.”

— Booklist

“[Ricca] successfully conveys the powerful, nearly hallucinatory state of grief that MacLeod must have endured over the course of her journey. A swift-moving re-creation of an intrepid, rare spirit of her age.”

— Kirkus Reviews