Flame Trees of Thika

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9780712666138: Flame Trees of Thika

Elspeth Huxley, who spent her early years on a small farm in Kenya in the early 1900s, recreates for us a vanished Africa, and shows it to us from the magical and arresting viewpoint of a perceptive child. It is an Africa of plentiful big game, rich tribal culture, and white settlers striving to wrest fortunes from the unforgiving bush.

The book ends with the start of WW I and the breakup of this relatively untroubled phase of colonial life. Happily there is a sequel,THE MOTTLED LIZARD.

"A vivid evocation of the ways and landscape of antique Africa...Can well stand in comparison with Isak Dinesen's OUT OF AFRICA." (Atlantic Monthly)

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ELSPETH HUXLEY was born in 1906, the daughter of Major Josceline Grant of Njoro, Kenya, where she spent most of her childhood. She was educated at the European School in Nairobi and at Reading University where she took a diploma in agriculture, and at Cornell University, USA. In 1929 she joined the Empire Marketing Board as a press officer. She married Gervas Huxley in 1931 and travelled widely with him in America, Africa and elsewhere. She was on the BBC General Advisory Council from 1952 to 1959, when she joined the Monckton Advisory Commission on Central Africa. She wrote novels, detective fiction, biography and travel titles, and her books include The Mottled Lizard (1962), The Challenge of Africa (1971), Livingstone and His African Journeys (1974), Florence Nightingale (1975), Scott of the Antarctic (1977), Nellie: Letters from Africa (1980), Whipsnade: Captive Breeding for Survival (1981), The Prince Buys the Manor (1982), Last Days in Eden and Out in the Midday Sun: My Kenya (1985). She died in 1997.

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