At thirty-seven years old, Sonia Rosenblatt, now living in Golders Green, was worn down by city life. Boyfriends and friends had come and gone. Single, lonely, unfulfilled and unemployed, she knew she had to make change.

Her memoir, set against the backdrop of the Southern African bushveld, recounts Sonia’s experience of self-discovery.

A Lion’s Roar: Fear, Courage and Whispers of Change chronicles Sonia’s experiences volunteering at wildlife reserves in South Africa and Botswana.

Divided into six captivating chapters, Sonia begins by describing her upbringing in a close-knit Jewish community in Dublin, of moving to a large secondary school at the age of twelve, an environment that would unhinge the steady foundations upon which her life had been built.

Through a series of serendipitous events, Sonia touched down in Johannesburg to become a volunteer on wildlife reserves in South Africa and Botswana for twelve weeks.

She discovers that she can handle situations and overcome her fears far better than she could ever have imagined. Sonia takes us through the daily life of a volunteer, sometimes in remote places, showing what it is like to have one’s life stripped back and unadorned – so far removed from the life she knows.

A Lion’s Roar: Fear, Courage and Whispers of Change by Sonia Rosenblatt (published by Sonia Rosenblatt) is available to purchase from online and in bookshops.