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Wonderful family story set in Africa,
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This review is from: The Forgotten Pioneer: A True Family Story Set in East Africa (Paperback)
I enjoyed this book immensely and while reading it felt as if I had been transported into another world! I have read many books about Africa, but this is the first one I have read by an author whose family actually lived there from 1899. Ramsay takes us on a wonderful adventure through the years, describing life as it was for her grandfather, parents and then herself with great sensitivity and humour. How wonderful to have her grandfather's letters and diaries, sharing with the reader a first hand account of how the early pioneers lived.
I thought her chapter about the Mau Mau was exceptional, particularly movingly and bravely told. Although she holds nothing back, she tells the story with great understanding from all sides.
I wish she had written more on the Happy Valley crowd and her parents obvious involvement with it, but she leaves the reader wandering if she knew more that she admits to about who the murderer of Lord Erroll really was!
This is obviously a first book about the author's family, and is an easy read, but nevertheless a very good one! I agree with the last reviwer that it would make an excellent film!