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White Mischief
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on 12 October 2016
This is an excellent book, however with one deficiency: it was written in 1988 and the situation has since developed. James Fox comes to the conclusion at the end of the book that the murderer of Lord Erroll was in fact the jilted husband of Lord Erroll's girlfriend, Sir Jock Delves Broughton. The book is well written and very explanatory and proof certainly is there to underline this supposition. What however did seem strange to me was that one of the contributors to the book, a lawyer named Kaplan, was in 1969 suddenly put under pressure from an unknown source to recover the information he'd given to the two authors a month before; and that almost 30 years after the murder had taken place. This of course just doesn't fit in with the simple murder theory caused by jealousy when all the main persons involved had already long since died; so something was obviously foul here.

However, as a basis to understand the local situation at this time, this book is definitely worth reading. But having read it, the next book to read is "The Life and Death of Lord Erroll" by Errol Trzebinski, written in year 2000, which contains information given to her by persons involved with the murder, just before they died and also including British ex-secret agents. This additional information provided, allows Trzebinski to more or less prove that the murder, which included the assistance of the jilted husband, was instigated by British Intelligence to remove Lord Erroll. And this after he had become a right-wing danger during the Second World War and also being possibly connected to other murders and deaths at this time and later even including the murder of Rudolf Hess a few years ago. Both books taken together are really worth reading.
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on 20 February 2012
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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on 12 May 2013
LORD ERROLL-a prominent figure of the KENYA high Society before World War 2 -was murdered in January 1941 in very strange circumstances and his would be murderer LORD BROUGHTON -cuckood husband of his lover DIANA BROUGHTON -acquitted after a bungled up trial .This book presents JOSSLYN HAYS-LORD ERROLL -under a much to unflattering light -he was not such a bad man as described .Clever witty ,charming ,very well educated (ETON ), very good looking ,he certnly enjoyed the "favors " of most pretty Ladies of the time .But he was assasinated for other reasons than asserted ,probably by the British Secret Servces -MI 5,as uncovered in the far superior and documented book by ERROL TRZEBINSKI "THE LIFE AND DEATH OF LORD ERROLL " .
We shall probably never have acccess to the files of MI 5 to know the truth and this is a pity .
ENGLAND was hopelessly outgunned by GERMANY in 1940 and we know now that the partisans of a peace with HITLER were far more numerous than has been said ,the decision to continue the war was played on a dice ,and the far too bellicose CHURCHILL snatched the final decision .
This proves now to have been a monumental error ,because who dominates today EUROPE :mighty GERMANY !!!
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on 3 April 2016
This is an interesting account of the murder of the Earl of Erroll.in Kenya. The book is as much as the hunt to discover the truth about who murdered him as the actual homicide. The main characters the so-called Happy Valley set were a fairly unpleasant set of individuals who displayed the prejudices of their class and race. I suppose I was hoping for an exciting revelation about who committed the murder but the truth was a slight anti-climax. But it is well written and keeps you gripped, wanting to know the truth. There are almost no pictures of the 'cast' - perhaps there were in the printed book.
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on 20 August 2017
A well researched attempt to solve the murder of Joss Errol, the lothario of the Happy Valley set but ultimately the questions will always remain since so many people had reasons to do the deed. It certainly opens ones eyes as to how the privileged classes in Kenya passed their time in the absence of anything worthwhile to do. One wonders what the indigenous population, forced to be their 'houseboys' really thought about this louche group of individuals. One thing is certain they displayed more discretion and dignity than the people for whom they were working. An eye opener and a jolly good read but very difficult to have much sympathy for either the victim or possible culprits.
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on 5 November 2014
I have read this book before years ago and seen the film but it was as good again now as then. I am a big fan of the old Kenya and read all I can about it. Having read several books about Happy Valley there are bits in each that are not in the others. I will definitely read this one again in the future. It gives an insight into what happened in the Erroll murder and we are never going to know for sure who did it but it makes you think about your own conclusions
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on 26 April 2018
Good read that evokes a feel for white colonists in the 30's. Not absolutely sure that the end is as conclusive as he intimates. Still a puzzling murder as far as I am concerned
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on 10 January 2016
I read this ahead of watching the film (which I enjoyed!). The book gave me an insight into the world of hedonistic ex-pats in the 1930's in which I'm not really interested, so it left me feeling a bit cold.The first part tells the story in great detail, about a lot of characters with whom I found it difficult to engage. The second part was worse, because it tells the same story from the point of view of many of the main characters. I gave up in the end.
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on 3 September 2013
A very evocative movie, true-ish to the book. I remember watching this when it first came out and being blown away, and now, nearly 30 years later, although it does have wobbly credits, the essence of the time is well delivered showing hedonistic selfish individuals as the people they are. Beautiful costumes, scenery, and does Kenya proud. Sit down with a large G&T, and plan your trip to Africa!
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on 18 September 2017
Whatever did they get up to? enjoyed
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