Best Read [Nicholas Best] ✓ Happy Valley: The Story of the English in Kenya || [Fantasy Book] PDF ð

By Nicholas Best | Comments: ( 612 ) | Date: ( Jan 28, 2020 )

The definitive story of the British in Kenya, from the explorer Joseph Thomson, whose exploits inspired King Solomon s Mines, to the decadent Happy Valley set of the 1930s, the murder of Lord Erroll, and the Mau Mau revolt of the 1950s Nicholas Best tells an immensely entertaining tale Max Hastings, Evening Standard Erudite, amusing and, even, gossipy Nigel DempsterThe definitive story of the British in Kenya, from the explorer Joseph Thomson, whose exploits inspired King Solomon s Mines, to the decadent Happy Valley set of the 1930s, the murder of Lord Erroll, and the Mau Mau revolt of the 1950s Nicholas Best tells an immensely entertaining tale Max Hastings, Evening Standard Erudite, amusing and, even, gossipy Nigel Dempster, Punch First class quite hilariously funny Melbourne Herald Anyone with experience of Kenya, past or present, resident or tourist, will enjoy reading Happy Valley Country Life


  • Title: Happy Valley: The Story of the English in Kenya
  • Author: Nicholas Best
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Kindle Edition

About Author:

Nicholas Best

Nicholas Best grew up in Kenya and was educated there, in England and at Trinity College, Dublin He served in the Grenadier Guards and worked as a journalist in London before becoming a full time author His first novel As a satire on military bigotry and shambling officialdom, Where were you at Waterloo is in places as sharp as Waugh and sometimes better Times Literary Supplement was written at Harvard His second, Tennis and the Masai The funniest book of the year Daily Telegraph was serialized on BBC Radio 4 He has since written many other books, including Happy Valley the Story of the English in Kenya, The Greatest Day in History, about the Armistice of 1918, and Five Days that shocked the World, about the end of the Second World War Best was the Financial Times s fiction critic for ten years In 2010, he was long listed for the Sunday Times EFG Bank award of 30,000, the biggest short story prize in the world He lives in Cambridge For information, visit nicholasbest



Comments Happy Valley: The Story of the English in Kenya

  • Lori Watson koenig

    Love this time frame in kenya. A completely unique era in one of the most amazing parts of the world and the odd bunch of free spirits who tried to tame kenya and free themselves from english stuffiness.


  • April Martinez

    Happy Valley: The Story of the English in KenyaThis reads like a fun history book, full of interesting facts about Kenya. It gave me a deeper understanding of the roll Kenya played during the World War I. You get a different perspective of the pioneers who loved and fought for what they believed Kenya would become. History tends to choose it's own path! I was eager to learn more about the Mau Mau and the native people. History is always told from the victors point of view, although in this case [...]


  • Rachel Lewis

    This is an entertaining and vivid history book that does exactly as it explains in the title: tells the tale of English people in Kenya. It is full of funny and horrifying anecdotesHowever it is all too ready to promote the English settlers as heroes to thank for the Kenya that we know today. It is not critical enough of the white supremacy among the settlers, or how they treated the local tribes. I particularly don’t like the ready description of women who had to sell themselves as “whores [...]


  • Karen

    Read this along with West with the night in order. to get some history of time --1920-1940--and place--Kenya. It shed light and different perspective on Kenya. The English were naive, both government and settlers. It reminds me of Palestine and Jews. and British trying to jolly along making promises the government could not keep, but people relied upon.


  • Diana

    Excellent book - highly informative but interesting too. A very balanced account of the struggle between African and European, black and white, Mau Mau and the rest of the Kikuyu, and the simultaneously positive and negative influence of the British on Kenya. What I really hadn't realised was the effect of the first World War on the country's future and the change in attitudes it produced.


  • Kat

    I thought this very good. The author has a great gift for telling stories, and his account seems not so much history as a jolly good romp through the British in Kenya. The writer clearly has pro-British sympathies, but then makes no claim to be unbiased, so I don't really mind.


  • Jimmy Lee

    I was interested in this book because it was one of the options presented when I was looking for facts (after seeing a movie) on that "White Mischief" story of the affair of Lady Diana Caldwell Delves with frisky Lord Errol. Their affair resulted in the trial (and acquittal) of Lord Delves for the murder of that philanderer, in 1940's Kenya. I didn't get what I wanted, but I got much more than I expected.Nicholas Best has put together an excellent overview of the history the English in Kenya. He [...]


  • Michael

    I really enjoyed this book. It is a bit of a whirlwind over view of Kenya from its creation to the present day. It covers the arrival of the British settlers, two world wars, a murder mystery, the Mau Mau uprising and Kenyan Independence. Do expect lots of details but as an over view and an introduction it is excellent. If you like any of the topic and periods raised in the book there are plenty of books out there for the particular topic.The writing style is easy and contains amusing asides and [...]


  • Tara

    Entertaining and informativeI enjoyed reading every chapter. It was like reading a novel. Very funny at times, even. Near the end you can tell the author is pro-english colony as he highlights the benefits Kenya gained from having the English set up their railroad, schools, and democracy. This is a great read if you have read Elspeth Huxley's novels or Out of Africa. You will recognize many of the figures.


  • Alex

    Captivating book about the history of the British in Kenya, easy to read quickly. A biased account that left me feeling uncomfortable at times. When it comes to British brutality there always seemed to be an excuse. At the end he pretty much says that things were better under the British and goes on to equate 'civilised values' with the racist British settlers.


  • Andrea

    If you know nothing about Kenya but what you learned watching "out of Africa" this may be right up your alley. Best has an entertaining narrative voice but quite a biased and archaic view of Kenyan history and nothing new to add to basic history of the region. Okay, but not great.


  • Lesley

    Entertainingly written but not entire unbiased.


  • Mark Dunn

    I have read several book about Kenya (I hope to read many more) this would be a good one to start with.


  • Franny

    very good book. although, i purchased the book thinking it would focus more on the happy valley, nonetheless the book is interesting.


  • Susan Lorenz

    Fascinating nonfiction companion book to Paula McLain's "Circling the Sun".


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