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on 31 March 2014
This book would seem to be a carefully researched perspective on one of Kenya's early pioneers; another side of a multifaceted relationship that was bought to the public by Isak Dinesen, a pen name used by the Danish author Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke, in her now famous Out of Africa, a memoir of her life in Kenya.

Perhaps a more accurate and dispassionate portrayal of the man she undoubtably loved, and her life in the turbulent difficult and exciting times of Kenya's early pioneers, it rIngs true to a third generation ex bush pilot who was familiar with the areas, clubs, family's and skies of that wild and beautiful country.

My grandparents and parents moved and mingled with many of the characters mentioned. I live a few miles from that house at the coast, flew the routes taken by the principle chapters who were living history, and lived as a boy not far from that coffe farm that consumed so much of her life.

I found it moving, fascinating and wholly believable. It is a beautifully written most enjoyable account of the life and times of my grandparents generation. I can highly recommend it.
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on 23 December 2015
To be honest I preferred the second half of the book....from where Denys arrived in Africa. The first half related to his childhood and teenage years growing up in UK. Whilst interesting enough it was for the second half of the book that I bought it and it didn't disappoint. Incidents mentioned are often the same as in many other books about Kenya and about the Wanjohi Valley and the settlers. Some exact quotes and others giving the same event but with a different slant on it depending on who is telling the tale. The Royal safaris were a part of this second half and also Denys' switch to conservation and photographic safaris rather than always killing animals. The situation we have today with wild life in Africa was the same Denys could visualise back then in the 1930s and sadly has come about and is still getting worse by the day. This book gives an insight into what made Denys Finch Hatton the man he was...well liked and remembered fondly. Some aspects were portrayed by Robert Redford in Out of Africa but nothing like as informative as this book.
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on 9 January 2016
Good descriptive life in B.E.A. later Kenya in the early days. Good description of the "Forgotten 1914 -1918 war" in East Africa and its cost in human lives especially the native porters.
Describes very well the trials and tribulations of the early settlers in developing agriculture in a new world. The lives of the early "White Hunters" is well portrayed and early days of conservation.
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on 8 March 2015
I loved this - it gave the real facts about Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen and their lives in Kenya - well written.
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on 24 December 2012
Good to read more about Denys than appeared in the film and book 'Out of Africa'. So much more to understand and
admire and a good insight into the times.
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on 27 August 2016
Great book, seems to be well researched, and hard to put down.
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on 4 July 2016
Lots of information to be gleaned, a good read.
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on 11 February 2016
Still reading. Looking good./ Jw
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on 18 February 2017
In excellent condition and a hugely interesting read
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on 2 December 2015
As described.
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