Dartmoor Zoo owner signs copy of new book
IT WAS a true-life story that inspired a book that was made into a Hollywood film that generated a new version of the book.
And the man behind 'We Bought A Zoo' was in Plymouth to sign copies of both editions.
Ben Mee's moving story about how he and his family bought Dartmoor Zoological Park at Sparkwell near Plymouth was turned into a recently-released Hollywood movie starring A-listers Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson.
Publishers Harper Collins released a new version of the book to coincide with the film launch and featuring a still of the stars on the cover.
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Ben, who tragically lost his wife Katherine to cancer during his struggle to save the zoo, brought his young children along to a book-signing at Waterstone's in New George Street, Plymouth.
Bookseller Tilly Craig said: "Milo and Ella were very enthused and told me all about how giraffes evolved.
"We had a nice stream of people through the store and everyone was very engaged."
Ben was kept busy signing around 50 copies of the book.
The New George Street branch has so far sold more than 360 copies and the Drake Circus branch sells around 50 a week.
Tilly added: "People seem to like the fact that this is a true story about local people."