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White Mischief [Kindle Edition]

James Fox
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"A story which is as compelling and violent as a thriller, but which also happens to be one of the most dazzling feats of reportage in recent years" (Time Out)

"It is a measure of James Fox's remarkable achievement that in White Mischief he not only produces an impeccably researched and lucidly written "last word" on this notorious case but also brings these astonishing people and their perplexed lives so vividly and compellingly to life" (William Boyd)

"A fascinating piece of investigative reporting that possesses all the resonance of a social history and the drama of a good mystery...[and] a narrative strategy that allows the reader the excitement of watching a tenacious reporter piece together the truth" (New York Times)

"Leave P.D. James on the shelf, tuck Dick Francis away in the saddlebag, James Fox's investigation has everything you look for in a thriller" (The Economist)

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'Marvellously entertaining' Daily Telegraph

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1377 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (31 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009GJ0XX0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,828 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and shocking 10 Sep 2003
Format:Paperback
This book is an absolute eye-opener for those who are keen on learning more about colonial Africa. To read how the upper class settlers behaved and lived some 60 years ago is definitely stunning in it's vulgarity. This you do not usually read about! But wait, there's even more: it's also a first class detective story. Not the usual John Grisham kind, but factional. Deep investigative work. Autobiographical. I'll gladly admit I read it all in one weekend and enjoyed myself thoroughly. Buy it!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Fox's account of the decadent life and premature death of Josslyn Hay, Lord Erroll, makes fascinating reading, particularly if one has an interest in colonial Africa. While not necessarily the most flowing account of a complicated situation, it shed useful light on the mystery of Lord Erroll's death. Anyone who is interested in the case should also read "The Life and Death of Lord Erroll" by Errol Trzebinski, which puts a completely new spin on the mystery and contradicts the conclusions reached by Fox.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing true-life murder mystery. 17 Jan 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I found this book of particular interest since I lived in Kenya briefly, and am familiar with many of the locations mentioned. Even for those who have never been to Africa, this book is a definite page turner, especially since it is fact, not fiction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eternal Mystery 20 Feb 2012
By RedGala
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This article was originally a newspaper article written by 2 journalists who were intrigued by the case of the murder of The Earl of Erroll in Kenya in the 40's it was never solved and highlighted the lifestyle of rich ex-pats living in Kenya while the rest of England struggled. The Earl of Erroll was a womanizer and had many affairs he was in the middle of an affair with the wife of Jock Broughton when he was murdered. Jock was accused but acquitted, the trial and evidence was a bit of a farce and no one was ever tried for his murder, although rumours of letters, found murder weapons, ex-girlfriends and assassination by British Agents all persist, but no hard evidence has ever been found. The book comes down on the side Jock Broughton being the murderer and he was supposed to have confessed to a couple of people. The difficulty was in 1969 when the article started many of the main characters had passed away and with them all the secrets. James Fox and Cyril Connelly left no stone unturned and tried to meet everyone connected with the case. He visited Kenya again in the late 70's early 80's and managed to get an interview with Diana Broughton ( Errolls mistress) she had rose through a series of marriages to become one of the most powerful and rich white women in Kenya at this time. She did not throw any light on the murder but was an interesting character. She died in 1987 and now all the people connected with this strange case have long passed away we will never know the truth and it will remain a mystery of our time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 30 Sep 2014
Format:Paperback
I started this book with no idea that it was factual as I'd assumed,. from watching the film, that the story was a fictional whodunnit (red face). Once I'd got used to the idea that I was reading about an actual historical crime the story took on a whole new dimension and I read on with interest
The first half of the book is taken up with an account of the characters and events surrounding the murder of Lord Erroll. The second half details the back-tracking investigations into the murder - which was by then a 'cold case' - by the two journalists James Fox and Cyril Connolly.
There were many members of the hedonistic Kenyan 'Jet Set' surrounding the murder victim and the main suspect(s) and the author mentions a great many of them, so that at times I found it hard work keeping track of who was whom, and what was his/her relationship with X, Y or Z. This wasn't made any easier by the fact that the author reproduces the notes that he and Connolly wrote during their investigations which refer to the main players only by their initials. However, there is a very useful 'Cast Of Characters' thoughtfully included at the end of the book, which helps somewhat.
I would describe this book as interesting more than enthralling, written competently rather than brilliuantly, and readable as opposed to gripping. There's no doubt that Fox put in an admirable amount of work on the research and the reader is left feeling that his facts are accurate if perhaps not quite as conclusive as the author himself believes. Certainly worth reading if you've any interest in the case or the period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lost world 16 May 2014
By Amanda Jenkinson TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Compelling as any thriller, this painstakingly researched and detailed account of the life and death of Josslyn Hay, Lord Erroll, in Kenya’s Happy Valley, offers the reader a window into the often decadent world of the colonial settlers. It’s a story of adultery, adventure, scandal, intrigue and decadence – and ultimately tragedy.
When Hay was murdered in 1941, the crime remained unsolved. In 1969 Cyril Connolly and James Fox began researching the murder for a newspaper article. Fox continued with the investigation after Connolly’s death. With the publication of White Mischief, it seemed that at last all the questions had been answered, but in fact controversy and speculation remain. Clearly and succinctly told, the book is an absorbing read. The first part gives the background, and brings to life the larger-than-life characters who lived and worked and played in the Happy Valley, and the second chronicles Fox’s investigation. It’s a truly gripping tale, shedding light on the lives and attitudes of the settlers, and how they could pretty much rule their little corner of the world and act in ways that still have the power to shock.
This is a gripping book from beginning to end, and I very much recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well Researched
This is the factual story of a journalists investigations into the murder, including notes of his interviews, at least in the second part. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars mystery solved
This is a wonderfully researched book and and astounding in its authenticity. I worked in the East African Standard in 1966 and would loved to have met the author!,
Published 15 days ago by david mackellar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent
Published 1 month ago by Mr Patrick Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars I find this a difficult book to read. Maybe ...
I find this a difficult book to read. Maybe because of the subject matter. I will go back to it later in the year.
Published 2 months ago by Emily bronte
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thanks x
Published 3 months ago by amanda grierson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book But Not Quite The Last Word
While this is a very good read, after reading around the 'Happy Valley Set' (ie 'The Bolter' 'The Temptress') and watching the film, I really was convinced for a while that the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dr Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Imperial Arrogance
This is a story have known for some time. I find that the same kind of arrogance is prevalent yoday. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. E. W. Palmer
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated of course.
more of a reference book than a good read. More interesting if you know about one of the families, or something about it.
Published 8 months ago by Piper
5.0 out of 5 stars how the rich enjoyed life
good insite into the going ons in happy valley
its a book that can be followed up with lots of others that give info and stories of the people of happy vally
Published 10 months ago by William G. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars The Happy Valley crowd
The English abroad. Many from the aristocracy. They enjoyed themselves to the full in early days in Kenya and left many scandalous stories behind them.
Published 11 months ago by S. Kite
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