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Child of Happy Valley: The Childhood Memoir of Juanita Carberry Paperback – 6 Jul 2000


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd; New edition edition (6 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099281392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099281399
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 662,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Juanita Carberry's memories of the people, landscape and wildlife of Kenya illuminate her account of what was to be one of the last - and most scandalous - chapters of colonial history." --"Express

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 July 2000
This is an excellent memoir that recalls the childhood of a motherless English colonial girl in Kenya. The innocence of childhood that might have been very different had fate not intervened, and the joys of adolescence are shattered by Juanita's cruel father and her uncaring stepmother and brutal governess. Despite this backdrop, we see a defiant enthusiasm and a decency shining through in Juanita's honest recollections of this time.
Those familar with he film, White Mischief, will understand the events that Juanita gets caught up in as she becomes drawn in to a true murder mystery and scandal of colonial Kenya.
Fascinating from the outset, very readable and evocative, this is a memoir that you can read in just a few sittings yet live with this unfortunate girl a life of great anguish and distress - yet a life that is rich by virtue of her positive thinking and sheer decency.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Aug 2001
I listended to this book on tape. I was particulary interested in hearing about the life of John Carberry (Lord Carberry) having visited the ruins of Castlefreke Castle, County Cork, Southern Ireland, the former seat of the Carberry Family.
Juanita's story is fascinating. Her relationship with her family, her father in particular is almost difficult to believe. Her portrayal of her stepmother June is wonderful, and her love of animals and wildlife is apparent throughout the book. This book will keep you enthralled and there is a surprising twist in the last chapter.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By kate6639@aol.com on 11 May 2001
I was fascinated by this account of life, through a child's eyes, in pre-war Kenya. The attitudes, history and culture were all an eye-opening, first-hand insight into colonial Africa.
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