The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin

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Penguin Classics #ad - For a young girl, it was a time of adventure and freedom, discovering both the beauty and the terrors of the jungle, and Huxley paints an unforgettable portrait of growing up among the Masai and Kikuyu people, and enduring the rugged realities of the pioneer life. As pioneering settlers, they built a house of grass, ate off a damask cloth spread over packing cases, and discovered—the hard way—the world of the African.

. With an extraordinary gift for detail and a keen sense of humor, Huxley recalls her childhood on the small farm at a time when Europeans waged their fortunes on a land that was as harsh as it was beautiful. In an open cart elspeth Huxley set off with her parents to travel to Thika in Kenya.

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Out In The Midday Sun

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Vintage Digital #ad - In this final volume of her trilogy she tells the story of her adult life in Africa, in which the vigorously evoked personalities - from the pioneer Lord Delamere and Baroness Blixen to Jomo Kenyatta - blend with her supurb description of the social, cultural and political upheavals of the time. Elspeth huxley captivated readers throughout the world with her 'memories of an African childhood' in THE FLAME TREES OF THIKA and THE MOTTLED LIZARD.

An accomplished story-teller, character sketches, she weaves anecdotes, political history together without losing her thread or the readers momentum. Sunday times 'she evokes it all lovingly but astringently, especially the glittering, often scandelous life of the young aristocrats who lived in Happy Valley.

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Too Close to the Sun: The Audacious Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton

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Random House #ad - Finch hatton was serving as a captain in the Allied forces when he met Karen Blixen in Nairobi and embarked on one of the great love affairs of the twentieth century. With delicacy and grace, wheeler teases out truth from fiction in the liaison that Blixen herself immortalized in Out of Africa. Intellectual equals, greed, finch hatton and Blixen were genuine pioneers in a land that was quickly being transformed by violence, bound by their love for the continent and their inimitable sense of style, and bigotry.

Ever restless, finch hatton wandered into a career as a big-game hunter and became an expert bush pilot; his passion that led to his affair with the notoriously unconventional aviatrix Beryl Markham. But markham was no more able to hold him than Blixen had been. In too close to the sun she has crafted a book that is as ravishing as its subject.

Mesmerized all his life by the allure of freedom and danger, Finch Hatton was, writes Wheeler, “the open road made flesh. In painting a portrait of an irresistible man, Sara Wheeler has beautifully captured the heady glamour of the vanished paradise of colonial East Africa. No one was more deeply attuned to this beauty than Finch Hatton–and no one more bitterly mourned its passing when the outbreak of World War I engulfed the region in a protracted, bloody guerrilla conflict.

Too Close to the Sun: The Audacious Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton #ad - Tall and graceful, with the soul of a poet and an athlete’s relaxed masculinity, he became a hero without trying at Eton and Oxford. In 1910, finch hatton arrived in british east africa and fell in love–with a continent, searching for novelty and danger, with a landscape, with a way of life that was about to change forever.

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The Ghost of Happy Valley: Searching for the Lost World of Africa's Infamous Aristocrats

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Aurum Press #ad - But what is left now? in a remarkable and indefatigable archaeological quest Juliet Barnes, who has lived in Kenya all her life and whose grandparents knew some of the Happy Valley characters, has set out to explore Happy Valley to find the former homes and haunts of this extraordinary and transient set of people.

Nowadays these old homes, school buildings, she discovers, have become tumbledown dwellings for many African families, or their ruins have almost disappeared without trace - a revelation of the state of modern Africa that makes the gilded era of the Happy Valley set even more fantastic. While kenya's early colonial days have been immortalised by farming pioneers like Lord Delamere and Karen Blixen, and the pioneering aviator Beryl Markham, Lady Idina Sackville, Happy Valley became infamous under the influence of troubled socialite, whose life was told in Frances Osborne's bestselling The Bolter.

Happy valley was the name given to the Wanjohi Valley in the Kenya Highlands, where a small community of affluent, hedonistic white expatriates settled between the wars. With the help of a remarkable african guide and further assisted by the memories of elderly former settlers, she finds the remains of grand residences tucked away beneath the mountains and speaks to local elders who share first-hand memories of these bygone times.

The Ghost of Happy Valley: Searching for the Lost World of Africa's Infamous Aristocrats #ad - The era culminated with the notorious murder of the earl of Erroll in 1941, chronicled in another bestseller, the investigation of which laid bare the Happy Valley set's decadence and irresponsibility, James Fox's White Mischief. A book to set alongside such singular evocations of Africa’s strange colonial history as The Africa House, The Ghosts of Happy Valley is a mesmerising blend of travel narrative, social history and personal quest.

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Happy Valley: The Story of the English in Kenya

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Thistle Publishing #ad - Quite hilariously funny!'"melbourne herald"anyone with experience of kenya, will enjoy reading happy valley"Country LifeThe definitive story of the British in Kenya, past or present, the murder of Lord Erroll, to the decadent Happy Valley set of the 1930s, resident or tourist, from the explorer Joseph Thomson, whose exploits inspired King Solomon’s Mines, and the Mau Mau revolt of the 1950s.

. Nicholas best tells an immensely entertaining tale"Max Hastings, amusing and, Evening Standard"Erudite, even, gossipy"Nigel Dempster, Punch"First class.

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White Mischief: The Murder of Lord Erroll

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Open Road Media #ad - What he discovered was both unsettling and luridly compelling. White mischief is a spellbinding true-crime classic, a tale of privileged excess and the wages of sin, and an account of one writer’s determined effort to crack a cold and craven killing. Hay was found dead, a bullet in his brain. The murder shocked the close-knit community of wealthy expatriates in Nairobi and shined a harsh light on their louche lifestyle.

Three decades later, author james Fox researched the slaying of Lord Erroll, an unsolved crime still sheathed in a thick cloud of rumor and innuendo. The riveting true story of decadence, with london burning in the Blitz, deception, and murder among British aristocrats in colonial KenyaIn 1941, a group of hedonistic English nobles partied shamelessly in Kenya.

White Mischief: The Murder of Lord Erroll #ad - Far removed from falling bombs, the wealthy elites of “Happy Valley” indulged in morphine, and unrestricted sex, alcohol, often with their friends’ spouses. But the party turned sinister in the early hours of a January morning for Josslyn Hay, Lord Erroll, who had been enjoying the favors of the beautiful young wife of a middle-aged neighbor.

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The Tree Where Man Was Born Penguin Classics

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Penguin Classics #ad - Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. With more than 1, 700 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.

This penguin classics edition features an introduction by groundbreaking British primatologist Jane Goodall. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. Peter matthiessen exquisitely combines nature and travel writing to portray the sights, scenes, and people he observed firsthand in several trips over the course of a dozen years.

The Tree Where Man Was Born Penguin Classics #ad - A timeless and majestic portrait of africa by renowned writer peter matthiessen 1927-2014, author of the National Book Award-winning The Snow Leopard and the new novel In Paradise A finalist for the National Book Award when it was released in 1972, this vivid portrait of East Africa remains as fresh and revelatory now as on the day it was first published.

From the daily lives of wild herdsmen and the drama of predator kills to the field biologists investigating wild creatures and the anthropologists seeking humanity's origins in the rift valley,  The Tree Where Man Was Born is a classic of journalistic observation.

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West with the Night

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Open Road Media #ad - Not only did she set records and break barriers as a pilot, she shattered societal expectations, threw herself into torrid love affairs, survived desperate crash landings—and chronicled everything. Hailed as “one of the greatest adventure books of all time” by newsweek and “the sort of book that makes you think human beings can do anything” by the New York Times, West with the Night remains a powerful testament to one of the iconic lives of the twentieth century.

Beryl markham’s life story is a true epic. A rebel from a young age, the British-born Markham was raised in Kenya’s unforgiving farmlands.  . Markham’s successes and her failures—and her deep, lifelong love of the “soul of Africa”—are all told here with wrenching honesty and agile wit. A contemporary of karen blixen better known as Isak Dinesen, the author of Out of Africa, Markham left an enduring memoir that soars with astounding candor and shimmering insights.

West with the Night #ad - The classic memoir of africa, aviation, and adventure—the inspiration for Paula McLain’s Circling the Sun and “a bloody wonderful book” Ernest Hemingway. In 1936, she accepted the ultimate challenge: to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean from east to west, a feat that fellow female aviator Amelia Earhart had completed in reverse just a few years before.

She trained as a bush pilot at a time when most Africans had never seen a plane.

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Out of Africa: and Shadows on the Grass Vintage International

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Vintage #ad - With classic simplicity and a painter's feeling for atmosphere and detail, Isak Dinesen tells of the years she spent from 1914 to 1931 managing a coffee plantation in Kenya.

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The Bolter

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Vintage #ad - But idina’s compelling charm masked the pain of betrayal and heartbreak. Her relentless affairs, wild sex parties, and brazen flaunting of convention shocked high society and inspired countless writers and artists, from Nancy Mitford to Greta Garbo. Now frances osborne explores the life of idina, and family legend, following her from Edwardian London to the hills of Kenya, diaries, her enigmatic great-grandmother, using letters, where she reigned over the scandalous antics of the “Happy Valley Set.

Dazzlingly chic yet warmly intimate, The Bolter is a fascinating look at a woman whose energy still burns bright almost a century later. A san francisco chronicle best book of the yearan o, the oprah Magazine #1 Terrific Read In an age of bolters—women who broke the rules and fled their marriages—Idina Sackville was the most celebrated of them all.

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