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Nicholas Best’s books have been translated into many languages. He was the Financial Times’ fiction critic for ten years and was long-listed in 2010 for the Sunday Times-EFG Bank £25,000 award, the biggest short story prize in the world. For more details, see www.nicholasbest.co.uk


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  • Broché: 234 pages
  • Editeur : Thistle Publishing (11 août 2013)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1909869198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909869196
  • Dimensions du produit: 15,2 x 1,3 x 22,9 cm
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par ALERGANT Bernard le 18 août 2014
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I have known about this book for a long time. The fact that it was available at a reasonable price on Kindle encouraged me to buy it; and I'm very glad I did. It seems to me to be a comprehensive and objective account of Kenya as a British colonial possession. The narrative is rich but uncomplicated which makes for a good read.
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Je n'ai pas compris pourquoi la guerre en Europe devait s'étendre jusqu'en Afrique et y impliquér les Africains, comme quoi la bêtise humaine n'a pas de limite... Je recommande ce livre à tous ceux qui se posent des questions sur les bienfaits de la colonisation.
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7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A captivating book! 3 janvier 1999
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Happy Valley is a book that you won't want to put down as it takes you through the many adventures of the colorful colonialists who came to Kenya. Its strength is that it is a riveting work that captures the main events of an incredible story. Its main weakness is that it sometimes lacks depth, but it remains a great introduction to a most fascinating subject.
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Entertaining and amusing - but not very serious history! 23 octobre 1998
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This slim volume ..... The book covers several episodes in the colonial history of Kenya. It's not suitable for research historians, but it will entertain you on a flight or on the beach. Some of the anecdotes will make you laugh till you cry.
A very light and poor read 25 janvier 2015
Par Camelophile - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
‘Nicholas Best tells an immensely entertaining tale’ – Max Hastings, Evening Standard
‘An erudite, amusing and, even, gossipy book’ – Nigel Dempster, Punch
‘Anyone with experience of Kenya, past or present, resident or tourist, will enjoy reading Happy Valley’ – Country Life
‘First class… quite hilariously funny’ – Melbourne Herald

If one were to believe the views of the above "distinguished" reviewers one would certainly buy it. I receved my copy as Christmas present and have just read it on a beach in Antigua -- what it was apparently designed for. It is not immensely entertaining. It is certainly not erudite but yes it is gossipy (anecdotal). Anyone with experience of Kenya has read all this elsewhere before and will not find it very enjoyable -- very soon I was anticipating the next hoary old tale and was seldom disappointed. Not funny at all let alone hilariously so.

A more energetic editor/publisher would have have checked many of the statements in the book. There was no rinderpest in Masailand in 1883 -- the cattle were dying of contagious bovine pleuropneumonia and rinderpest did not arrive in Kenya until at least five years later. A Duke of Portlan never served in the Kenya administration nor supported the settlers -- a future Duke did. Probably very few of the settler were strong in the arm and thick in the head and certainly none that I knew. Much credence is given to Meinhertzhagen throughout much of the book yet it is now well accepted that he was a romancer if not an out and out teller of untruths. And so on and so on. If you want to know more about Kenya read some of the source books -- your money will be better spent.
a mixed review 24 juin 2014
Par Warthog - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I'm not sure whether to praise or damn this book. For a start it's actually the story not of the English per se, but of the British and other nationalities who came to Kenya. Secondly, the title seems sensationalist in that it refers to the 'Happy Valleyites' - a very small group of wealthy pre-WW2 wasters, who were in no way representative of the majority of hard-working settlers.

Another criticism is that little mention is made of the colonial administrators who built hospitals, schools, bridges and roads, worked on locust and disease control, and created a working civil service, health service and police force. Perhaps they weren't eccentric enough for the author, who appears to seek out only the colourful and outrageous. He damns the settlers as pigheaded and a bit thick. Pigheaded perhaps (I should know, I went to school with their sons); but on the whole not stupid. Often at great personal cost, they figured out what crops or livestock worked and what didn't, thus pioneering the way for today's farmers in Kenya.

On the positive side the book is indeed entertaining; and in my view it improves in depth and understanding when describing the post WW2 transit to independence, including the difficult time of the Mau Mau insurrection (and it needs to be remembered that Mau Mau killed far more of their own countrymen and women than white people, and arguably contributed nothing towards the progress to independence).

On the whole a worthwhile read, although it falls far short of telling a full and balanced story and Elspeth Huxley's books give a better flavour of this period of Kenya's past.
Happy Valley: The Story of the English in Kenya 29 novembre 2014
Par April Martinez - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This 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 it seems Africa is the true conqueror! Africa has a way of seducing you even from the pages of a book, it's no wonder people are still drawn to explore and settle in this wonderful, dangerous place! I enjoyed this book and it was an easy read.
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