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The trials and tribulations of wild infant animals, a book about the real Africa, a slow travel guide to the Isle of Wight, and a film about the King.

This is a feature from Issue 10 of Charitable Traveller. Click to read more from this issue.

Wild Babies
Netflix

Expect a heavy dose of cuteness with this new Netflix series from the producers of Life in Colour with David Attenborough. Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, it follows the adventures of baby lions, elephants, penguins, pangolins and more, as they learn to navigate the highs and lows of life in the wild. Beautifully shot intimate films show young animals playing, learning to hunt for food from their parents and evading predators. Sit back and enjoy a window into the wild guided by Carter’s soothing voice.

Africa is not a country: Breaking stereotypes of Modren Africa
By Dipo Faloyin

This portrait of contemporary Africa challenges harmful stereotypes to tell a more comprehensive story. So often  Africa is depicted simplistically as an arid landscape of famines and safaris, uniquely plagued by poverty and strife, but this funny and insightful book says otherwise. Faloyin looks at each country’s colonial heritage and chronicles a variety of subjects, from urban life in Lagos to the lively rivalry over who makes the best Jollof rice. Africa Is Not A Country celebrates the energy and fabric of the continent’s different cultures and communities.

Isle of Wight (Slow Travel)
Bradt Travel Guides

The latest in Bradt’s award-winning series of slow travel guides to UK regions (others include Suffolk, Dorset, Northumberland and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly) covers the Isle of Wight. Written by author and journalist Mark Rowe, who has visited the island over 30 times since first spending childhood holidays there, it has all the practical information you could need along with descriptive detail, anecdote and insider tips. Rich in food producers, wildlife, natural beauty, history, archaeology and dramatic landscapes, the Isle of Wight has plenty to fill a guide book. Find out where to see red squirrels and why Jimi Hendrix had a love affair with the island.

Elvis
In cinemas this June

Another epic biopic hits our silver screens this June, this one tackling Elvis. Directed by Baz Luhrmann, it stars the relatively unknown (outside of U.S. teen dramas) Austin Butler alongside Tom Hanks and Australian actress Olivia DeJonge. The movie was filmed in Australia, with Elvis’ Tennessee mansion Graceland specially recreated, but Luhrmann’s typically  vivid cinematography and all-American scenes – such as one showing Elvis singing gospel – will whet your appetite for a trip to the U.S. The film follows the complicated 20- year relationship Elvis had with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker (played by Hanks).