Tigers By Chris Leckonby

We stopped at a café, dusty and tired. The glum waitress glared. Nearly knock-off time. She stood, unsmiling, notepad in hand, tapping her pencil. I determined to make her smile.

Photos of tiger cubs adorned the walls. As she wrote our order I commented. “I love your pictures, what’s the significance of the tigers?”

She said, still glowering, “I used to be a tiger tamer in the circus.” I tried to transfer her from here back to there. She lit up as she excitedly poured out her story.

Then, smiling, “I’ll get your tea.”


Raised in UK, married farmer, emigrated to Australia with family, now grown up, became science teacher, now writing again and travelling lots in retirement. The whole story takes 150,000 words!

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