Memories of an African Childhood
The extraordinary adventures of a childhood in Africa, recalled in rich and loving detail.
When Elspeth Huxley’s pioneer father buys a remote plot of land in Kenya, the family sets off to discover their new home: five hundred acres of Kenyan scrubland, infested with ticks and white ants, and quavering with heat. What they lack in know-how they make up for in determination: building a grass house, employing local Kikuyu tribe members and painstakingly transforming their patch of wilderness into a working farm. Huxley’s unforgettable childhood memoir is a sensitive account of settler life at the turn of the twentieth century and a love song to the harshness and beauty of East Africa.
“An enchantment and a joy to read”
Books and Bookmen
“She knows East Africa and she loves it - the people, black and white, and the wild beauty of its countryside - with a critical and understanding sympathy”
“An accomplished story-teller, she weaves anecdotes, character sketches, political history together without losing her thread or the reader's momentum”
“What a marvellous writer...and what a Kenya it was”