The Ghost of Happy Valley: Searching for the Lost World of Africa’s Infamous Aristocrats

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Aurum Press #ad - Happy valley was the name given to the Wanjohi Valley in the Kenya Highlands, where a small community of affluent, hedonistic white expatriates settled between the wars. A book to set alongside such singular evocations of Africa’s strange colonial history as The Africa House, The Ghosts of Happy Valley is a mesmerising blend of travel narrative, social history and personal quest.

. Nowadays these old homes, she discovers, school buildings, have become tumbledown dwellings for many African families, or their ruins have almost disappeared without trace - a revelation of the state of modern Africa that makes the gilded era of the Happy Valley set even more fantastic. With the help of a remarkable african guide and further assisted by the memories of elderly former settlers, she finds the remains of grand residences tucked away beneath the mountains and speaks to local elders who share first-hand memories of these bygone times.

The era culminated with the notorious murder of the earl of Erroll in 1941, the investigation of which laid bare the Happy Valley set's decadence and irresponsibility, chronicled in another bestseller, James Fox's White Mischief. But what is left now? in a remarkable and indefatigable archaeological quest Juliet Barnes, who has lived in Kenya all her life and whose grandparents knew some of the Happy Valley characters, has set out to explore Happy Valley to find the former homes and haunts of this extraordinary and transient set of people.

The Ghost of Happy Valley: Searching for the Lost World of Africa's Infamous Aristocrats #ad - While kenya's early colonial days have been immortalised by farming pioneers like Lord Delamere and Karen Blixen, and the pioneering aviator Beryl Markham, Happy Valley became infamous under the influence of troubled socialite, Lady Idina Sackville, whose life was told in Frances Osborne's bestselling The Bolter.

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White Mischief: The Murder of Lord Erroll

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Open Road Media #ad - What he discovered was both unsettling and luridly compelling. White mischief is a spellbinding true-crime classic, a tale of privileged excess and the wages of sin, and an account of one writer’s determined effort to crack a cold and craven killing. Hay was found dead, a bullet in his brain. But the party turned sinister in the early hours of a January morning for Josslyn Hay, Lord Erroll, who had been enjoying the favors of the beautiful young wife of a middle-aged neighbor.

Far removed from falling bombs, alcohol, the wealthy elites of “Happy Valley” indulged in morphine, and unrestricted sex, often with their friends’ spouses. The murder shocked the close-knit community of wealthy expatriates in Nairobi and shined a harsh light on their louche lifestyle. Three decades later, author james Fox researched the slaying of Lord Erroll, an unsolved crime still sheathed in a thick cloud of rumor and innuendo.

White Mischief: The Murder of Lord Erroll #ad - . The riveting true story of decadence, deception, with London burning in the Blitz, and murder among British aristocrats in colonial KenyaIn 1941, a group of hedonistic English nobles partied shamelessly in Kenya.

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The Bolter

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Vintage #ad - Now frances osborne explores the life of idina, following her from Edwardian London to the hills of Kenya, her enigmatic great-grandmother, and family legend, using letters, diaries, where she reigned over the scandalous antics of the “Happy Valley Set. Dazzlingly chic yet warmly intimate, The Bolter is a fascinating look at a woman whose energy still burns bright almost a century later.

Her relentless affairs, wild sex parties, and brazen flaunting of convention shocked high society and inspired countless writers and artists, from Nancy Mitford to Greta Garbo. A san francisco chronicle best book of the yearan o, the oprah Magazine #1 Terrific Read In an age of bolters—women who broke the rules and fled their marriages—Idina Sackville was the most celebrated of them all.

The Bolter #ad - But idina’s compelling charm masked the pain of betrayal and heartbreak.

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Happy Valley: The Story of the English in Kenya

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Thistle Publishing #ad - Nicholas best tells an immensely entertaining tale"Max Hastings, even, gossipy"Nigel Dempster, Evening Standard"Erudite, amusing and, Punch"First class. Quite hilariously funny!'"melbourne herald"anyone with experience of kenya, past or present, whose exploits inspired King Solomon’s Mines, will enjoy reading Happy Valley"Country LifeThe definitive story of the British in Kenya, the murder of Lord Erroll, resident or tourist, to the decadent Happy Valley set of the 1930s, from the explorer Joseph Thomson, and the Mau Mau revolt of the 1950s.

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Too Close to the Sun: The Audacious Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton

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Random House #ad - Mesmerized all his life by the allure of freedom and danger, writes Wheeler, Finch Hatton was, “the open road made flesh. In painting a portrait of an irresistible man, Sara Wheeler has beautifully captured the heady glamour of the vanished paradise of colonial East Africa. No one was more deeply attuned to this beauty than Finch Hatton–and no one more bitterly mourned its passing when the outbreak of World War I engulfed the region in a protracted, bloody guerrilla conflict.

. In 1910, with a landscape, finch hatton arrived in British East Africa and fell in love–with a continent, searching for novelty and danger, with a way of life that was about to change forever. Wheeler brilliantly conjures the mystical beauty of Kenya at a time when teeming herds of wild animals roamed unmolested across pristine savannah.

A champion of africa, and hunter, lover, and his prowess as a soldier, his charm, legendary for his good looks, Finch Hatton inspired Karen Blixen to write the unforgettable stories in Out of Africa. Tall and graceful, with the soul of a poet and an athlete’s relaxed masculinity, he became a hero without trying at Eton and Oxford.

Too Close to the Sun: The Audacious Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton #ad - Finch hatton was serving as a captain in the Allied forces when he met Karen Blixen in Nairobi and embarked on one of the great love affairs of the twentieth century. With delicacy and grace, wheeler teases out truth from fiction in the liaison that Blixen herself immortalized in Out of Africa. In too close to the sun she has crafted a book that is as ravishing as its subject.

Now esteemed british biographer Sara Wheeler tells the truth about this extraordinarily charismatic adventurer.

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The Temptress: The Scandalous Life of Alice de Janze and the Mysterious Death of Lord Erroll

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St. Martin's Press #ad - At the heart of the temptress is alice, whose seductive charms no man could resist, and whose unfulfilled quest for love ended in her own suicide at age forty-two. Please note: this ebook edition does not include photos that originally appeared in the printed book. In 1941, erroll was shot in his car on an isolated road.

Paul spicer, whose mother was a confidante of Alice's, used personal letters and his own extensive research to piece together what really happened that fateful evening. Abandoning paris for the moneyed british colonial society known as Kenya's Happy Valley, she became the lover of the handsome womanizer, Joss Hay, Lord Erroll.

The Temptress: The Scandalous Life of Alice de Janze and the Mysterious Death of Lord Erroll #ad - He brings to life an era of unimaginable wealth and indulgence, where people changed bed partners as easily as they would order a cocktail, and where jealousy and hidden passions brewed. A cuckolded husband was brought to trial and acquitted, and the crime remained tantalizingly unsolved. In the spirit of frances osborne's the bolter, alice de janzé, this fascinating life of femme fatale and gorgeous chicago heiress, offers a solution to the decadesold murder of Lord Erroll—the story at the center of James Fox's acclaimed book and movie White Mischief A glamorous American multi-millionairess, Alice de Janzé scandalized 1920's Paris when she left her aristocratic French husband for an English lover—whom she later tried to kill in a failed murder-suicide in the Gare du Nord.

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The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin

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Penguin Classics #ad - For a young girl, it was a time of adventure and freedom, and Huxley paints an unforgettable portrait of growing up among the Masai and Kikuyu people, discovering both the beauty and the terrors of the jungle, and enduring the rugged realities of the pioneer life. As pioneering settlers, they built a house of grass, ate off a damask cloth spread over packing cases, and discovered—the hard way—the world of the African.

With an extraordinary gift for detail and a keen sense of humor, Huxley recalls her childhood on the small farm at a time when Europeans waged their fortunes on a land that was as harsh as it was beautiful. In an open cart elspeth Huxley set off with her parents to travel to Thika in Kenya.

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Straight on Till Morning: The Life of Beryl Markham

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - She trained race horses and had scandalous affairs, but she is most remembered for being a pioneering aviatrix. She became the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean and the first person to make it from London to New York nonstop. In mary S. Born in england and raised in Kenya, Beryl Markham was a notorious beauty.

Lovell’s definitive biography, Beryl takes on new life—vividly portrayed by a master biographer whose knowledge of her subject is unparalleled.

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Out of Isak Dinesen in Africa: Karen Blixen's untold story

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Coulsong List #ad - An absorbing read that will grab readers whether or not they are familiar with 'Out of Africa'"--Publishers Weekly. This award-winning biography describes the true events behind the story "Out of Africa". The lyrical story recounts the struggles and romances of Danish Baroness Karen Blixen on a coffee farm in Kenya.

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Out In The Midday Sun

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Vintage Digital #ad - An accomplished story-teller, she weaves anecdotes, character sketches, political history together without losing her thread or the readers momentum. In this final volume of her trilogy she tells the story of her adult life in Africa, in which the vigorously evoked personalities - from the pioneer Lord Delamere and Baroness Blixen to Jomo Kenyatta - blend with her supurb description of the social, cultural and political upheavals of the time.

Daily express. Sunday times 'she evokes it all lovingly but astringently, especially the glittering, often scandelous life of the young aristocrats who lived in Happy Valley. Elspeth huxley captivated readers throughout the world with her 'memories of an African childhood' in THE FLAME TREES OF THIKA and THE MOTTLED LIZARD.

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