Sunday, 15 December 2013


Pygmy Elephants - the book - is out! It's available to buy on Amazon and will be on the CFZ Cryptoshop shortly.

For US (and Italy) online sales, see here.

At the time of writing (March 2014) there's a special offer via the "Bloggo" (blog) of Pygmy Elephants publishers CFZ - yours for a tenner, via Pay Pal. But hurry, hurry while this offer lasts!

For those of you still with an attachment to buying books in an actual shop with cash, a few copies of Pygmy Elephants are available to buy, from a human being into whose hand you can press said cash, at these outlets in London.

The Butterfly Farm near Stratford-Upon-Avon also told me they planned to stock Pygmy Elephants in their gift shop.

Last time I checked, there were at least two copies on sale (at a discount) at the Big Green Bookshop and Freedom Bookshop, both in London.

Pygmy Elephants - back cover text

Since the dawn of the twentieth century – and possibly earlier – reports came from the deep forests of Africa of "pygmy elephants" as little as five feet (1.52m) tall at the shoulder.

There were pygmy elephant sightings, and alleged pygmy elephant skulls and skins were sent to Europe's museums. There were even some living elephants of the pygmy species Loxodonta pumilio on display in zoos. Circus showman PT Barnum had pygmy elephants in his menagerie, and pygmy elephant sightings – with photos and film footage - continued into the 1980s.

The author travelled to India to interview eyewitnesses to kallana – the mystery five-feet tall elephant whose name translates as the "stone elephant" because it scrambles with such agility over rocks. This book includes photos of kallana never before reproduced outside India.

And research for this book uncovered pygmy elephant skulls that had lain forgotten in a museum store for over half a century.

This investigation also takes in the confusing differences between the known species of modern African elephant, and possible hybrid elephants. The pygmy elephants, it turns out, may not be all that they seem…

All this, and a mystery tree crab too!


Front and back cover!

This is the final front and back cover of Pygmy Elephants - its publication is imminent. Its publication date will be known very soon, with details of where to buy it. Watch this space!