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Pat Cavendish O’Neill Releases Second Memoir: A Chimpanzee in the Wine Cellar

A Chimpanzee in the Wine CellarNew from Sunbird, A Chimpanzee in the Wine Cellar by Pat Cavendish O’Neill:

From the international best-selling author of A Lion in the Bedroom, Pat Cavendish O’Neill, comes another glimpse into her extravagant and adventurous life…

In 1968, Pat Cavendish O’Neill reluctantly left her magical years in Kenya behind to join her mother in Somerset West, South Africa. She left behind her wonderful friends, a life she loved and, even more heart-breaking, her beloved lioness Tana.

However, arriving at her new home on Broadlands Farm, Pat soon found a different channel for her extraordinary gift with animals when she revealed a sharp eye for identifying winning race horses, turning Broadlands into a renowned stud farm. As always, the women attracted a colourful international audience into their extremely lavish lifestyle – champagne and caviar were the order of the day – and Pat and her mother would regularly fly to Australia to bid on some of the world’s finest fillies and colts.

Pat’s fierce of love of animals has resulted in her opening heart and home to a variety of creatures, from monkeys to baboons, birds, sheep, pigs and horses, to a pack of seventeen dogs and a goat all living underfoot. But a rescued chimp named Kalu found his way deepest into her heart. For over 40 years Pat and Kalu have lived at Broadlands together and the one without the other is a picture incomplete.

Today, at the age of 87, Pat leads a very different life from the enormous privilege and wealth into which she was born, yet she still remains true to her first love of animals.

About the author

Pat Cavendish O’Neill was born into a world of enormous riches, eccentricity and intrigue. Her mother, Enid Lindeman of the Australian wine family, was a famous beauty who married four times. Two husbands were millionaires, two had titles and none lived long. Somerset Maugham jokingly dubbed his dazzling friend Enid ‘Lady Killmore’ but others, including Vanity Fair magazine, were less kind.

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