A Hippo Love Story – now available

A Hippo Love Story – now available

A Hippo Love Story – now available

A preview look at my new book “A Hippo Love Story” to give you all an idea of what to expect.

Her biography on agent’s site :

Karen Paolillo was born in Hertfordshire, UK, but has been living in the African bush for the last two decades. She is the Founder of the Turgwe Hippo Trust in the south east Lowveld of Zimbabwe. She shares her bush home with her French husband, Jean-Roger, six cats and one slender mongoose named Squiggle. Her principal neighbours are the Turgwe Hippos which inspire her passion and dedication. Having watched them daily for the last twenty years, she has become known as “the Lady who talks to Hippos”, or “The River-Horse Whisperer”. Karen’s first book, about life with the hippos, will be published in 2014 by Penguin South Africa.

The release date is May 2014.

 Hippo Love Story front cover

Hippo Love Story back cover



Here, you can order the book directly from Karen


You can buy the book and pay with UK pounds: book and international shipment for £25 .

Or you can buy the book and pay with US dollars:  book and international shipment for $42.

Or you can buy the book and pay with Euros:  book and international shipment for 30 €.

During the PayPal session, you will be able to fill the optional area with your details, including the name you wish to see in the personal dedication from Karen.

Thank you for buying Karen’s book and happy readings..



or internationally

The book can now be purchased on line Internationally at www.kalahari.com

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  1. karen paolillo

    Hi Clare I am so excited to actually see it in print and it won’t be long now, they have brought the release date forward to May!
    Love Karen and the hippos

  2. Clare Witcher (nee McErlane)

    Congratulations Karen! I am so excited to read your book. 🙂 Lots of Love Clare xxx

  3. Karen, congratulations. If this book is anything like your wonderful videos, then it will be a smashing read. Thanks for all you do for them.

    • karen paolillo

      Thank you so much Jonathan, the book is about love, adventure, fear and overcoming it! and as well optimism and I hope that it will inspire as well, so… hopefully people will enjoy. Love Karen and the hippos

  4. Nora Davidoff

    Anxious to see and read your new book Karen! Congratz to you and your on all your hard efforts!

    • Thank you Nora just heard from Penguin publishers that now the book will be out in early May, getting close now. I will let everyone know the best places to purchase it. In South Africa it will be at the airports as well as many book shops and in Zimbabwe some books shops and a few other places.For overseas people you will be able to purchase from two on line shopping sites. Love Karen and all the hippos

  5. I can not wait to read the whole book – to see it in print will be wonderful. Well done you!

    • Hi Jenny it has changed quite a bit since that first draft you read and I hope you will enjoy it. Life changed here so much after the Op Raleigh days but as you know we never lost hope. Hope to see you soon back in Zimbabwe love to you Karen and the hippos

  6. Annie Gill

    At last recognition for a wonderful lady, so lovely to see your face smiling away after such adversity. Memories go back to Bournemouth nearly forty years ago, and still we are in touch. Good luck my dear friend.xx

    • My dear Annie I never forget my friends and especially not a fellow Libra!
      I just dream of one day showing you this life and for you to meet the hippos. Love Karen and all the animals xx

  7. Sandra

    Can’t wait for Karen’s book to be released! So looking forward to reading:)

    • Thanks Sandra I am hoping that it will not only show hippos in a different light but inspire people to take on challenges to achieve their personal dreams.

  8. Biz Paynter

    Be sure to save me a copy of your book. It will make an interesting present for my godchild as well as myself. We are both hippofiles. (He is 8 and I am 80+)

    • Biz I hope you and your godchild will really enjoy my book. Just yesterday a friend visited with her 83 year old father and he enjoyed meeting the hippos so I am sure you will love reading A Hippo Love Story.

  9. Leanne Ryan

    Can’t wait to read it. Will it be available in Australia?

    • Hi Learne you will be able to purchase it from an online shop in South Africa who can send the book anywhere in the world.

  10. Suzanne

    It’s brilliant Karen! Can’t wait to read the book!

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