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This is an excellent book, it brings back many memories of life in Kenya. It also helps to set the record straight concerning Happy Valley and the many, many people who went to Kenya for a new life. It was hard and required huge effort and sacrifice to carve out a farm from the forest / bush and turn it into a productive enterprise. I also liked the way that Juliet Barnes rounded the main characters of pre-War Happy Valley in a way that nicely contrasts with the one-dimensional Hollywood image.
A lot of books have been written around the Happy Valley set but this is the first that takes a National Trust approach to the houses. What a pity that these parts of Kenya's history are… Read more