Happy Valley: The Story of the English in Kenya
Nicholas Best

Happy Valley: The Story of the English in Kenya

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.

Book Details:

  • Author: Nicholas Best
  • Published Year: 1979
  • Rights Sold
    • UK: Secker & Warburg

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 in London as a journalist before becoming a fulltime author. His comic novel Tennis and the Masai was serialized on BBC Radio 4 and has recently been a best-seller in the Amazon Top 100. The Greatest Day in History, his account of the 1918 Armistice, was a Waterstone's recommendation of the month and has been translated into many languages.     In 2010, Nicholas Best was long-listed for the inaugural Sunday Times-EFG Private Bank award of...
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Book Reviews

  • "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