A kaleidoscope of Kenya's peoples and wildlife, history and landscape and the men and women who made their mark upon it. Drawing wherever possible on first hand accounts, the author has arranged this anthology on various aspects of Kenyan life. It covers exploration and travel, war, landscape and wildlife, hunting, customs, settlers and farming and poetry and legend. The selection includes a greek guide to the coast of AD100, and accounts of Arab travellers of the middle ages, Vasco da Gama and the Portuguese colonists, English explorers of the nineteenth century, big game hunters and ivory traders, Christian missionaries, British administrators and observations on the tribal customs of the Kikuyu and Maasai peoples.
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Elspeth Huxley was born in 1907 and first went to Africa in 1913. The story of her childhood years, memorably dramatized for television by John Hawkesworth in 1982, was told in The Flame Trees of Thika (1959) and its sequel, The Mottled Lizard (1962). She returned to England in 1925 and studied agriculture at Reading University and Cornell. She married Gervas Huxley in 1931 and during the thirties travelled widely with him in Africa, America, Australia and elsewhere. Among the many novels, biographies, travel books and memoirs that she has written are several about East Africa, including White Man's Country (1935), Red Strangers (1939), The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1948), Forks and Hope (1964), Nellie: Letters from Africa (1981) and Last Days in Eden (1984). In 1962 she was awarded the CBE. Elspeth Huxley has one son and three grandsons and lives in Wiltshire.
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Book Description Collins Harvill, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110002724081