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A woman with outstanding courage .
on 29 September 2011
This is one of these books that one cannot put down. The sheer courage and determination of this woman never ceases to amaze. She risked her life for her beliefs and paid the price. The book successfully describes the fine balance between progress in a developing country and the downside which she witnessed daily from her home on Lake Naivasha. On the one hand the importance of the flower industry, which brought employment to the area but over population and pollution meant destruction of the natural environment.
Her incredible life with her husband Alan Roots brought her both universal recognition and happiness. The sadness she felt when the marriage broke up must have been devastating for her. The book vividly describes her many acts of courage when she toured with her husband throughout Africa. It is an exciting read from beginning to end. Having spent a couple of nights on Lake Naivasha I can quite understand why she did not want to leave. It is an unforgettable place.