Leaves from the Fig Tree

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Rebel ePublishers #ad - I thoroughly enjoyed ‘leaves from the Fig Tree’ and look forward to Diana’s next book. Patricia glyn, broadcaster, journalist, committed African and author of Footing with Sir Richard’s Ghost and Off Peak. The kikiyu people … were to me fascinating … the descriptive way in which they spoke of things, illustrating with hand and tongue a thing that had happened, so that it came alive.

As an adult she returned to africa, where she doubled for Grace Kelly in Mogambo; unwittingly employed a Mau Mau leader; met the king of cheetah racing; challenged the authorities at the height of apartheid – and emerged victorious. With humour, eloquence, as a child, Diana, empathy and delightful Gaelic charm, travels from Johannesburg to Ireland to a stately home with world-famous gardens.

Leaves from the Fig Tree #ad - Diana duff’s memoir is feisty, humorous and poignant. It’s an evocation of a lifestyle that the world will never accommodate again – particularly in Africa. More’s the pity, because somehow we don’t seem to breed such iconoclastic, fey and nonconformist characters any more. Diana has a remarkable memory for detail, and she writes with a kind of wry wit that is most engaging.

One spoke to me once of years passing and conjured up a picture of a great fig tree, the leaves falling, each leaf another year of his life. ’. While the talk above stairs was of horses, rare plants and fishing; below stairs it was of banshees, the little people, ráths and the foxy-haired ghost.

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Our House In Arusha

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#ad - Part love story, part adventure saga, Our House in Arusha explores the meaning of second chances. The year that follows is a test of courage and resilience as each member of the family struggles to make a place for himself in a tantalizing and dangerous world. When an american traveler on her way to Kansas ends up in the Serengeti, her life gets a complete makeover.

Our House In Arusha #ad - Within months, she is the wife of a French safari guide and the stepmother of an eleven-year-old.

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I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry

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Blackbird Digital Books #ad - Funny and very sad at times. Goodreads reviewer'Spellbinding. Then in its final decade as a colony, Kenya was peopled with larger-than-life characters who had helped to forge its identity. Rebellious, lonely and self-destructive, it is a small grey horse named Cinderella who saves Susie from herself and brings her the love she craves.

There, with the threats of the mau Mau uprising ever-present, Susie's life disintegrates at break-neck speed into a web of jealousy, rejection and casual cruelty. Each time it seems things cannot get any worse, they do as the popular travel author lifts the lid on her own, often shocking, behaviour in her quest to protect herself and those she loves.

I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry #ad - I could not stop reading this. What a story!' goodreads reviewer 'The whole story is a great tug on the heart strings. I happily award a rare five out of five stars. The writing desk'what an astounding story, sometimes true life experiences are better than fiction. Goodreads reviewer 'there is something very special about this book and the way the reader is instantly drawn into Susie's world and the appalling people and situations she had to endure.

Goodreads reviewer'This memoir kept me up. I didn't want to put it down. Goodreads reviewerYou will laugh through your tears and cry through your chuckles.

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African Ways

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#ad - This is the story of a young woman’s first encounters with rural South Africa. Coming from the all-mod-cons society of britain at the beginning of the 1980’s, the author is literally transplanted to a farm in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains in what is now Kwazulu Natal. Once there, she finds her feet in the ways of africawith the help of a charming, an appealing but wily African farm hand, elderly Dutch couple, his practical and motherly daughter and a wise and fascinating neighbour who has a fund of local knowledge.

These are tales of a different kind of life, drought, hand-milking cows, whichinclude living without electricity, veld fires and mad-cap adventures into the unknown. They are stories told with deep affection and respect, and above all a liberal dose of tongue-in-cheek humour.

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The Exotic and the Mundane: One couple, a bold decision, and the life-changing adventure that followed.

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#ad - This book is the chronicle of the first six months, as they learned to slow down, spent in Central America and Africa, look around and embrace wherever the heck they were. Alternately funny, frustrating and inspiring, their journey proves that anyone can travel more and that you don’t have to be rich, young or all that brave to get out and see the world.

They gradually came to the somewhat obvious realization that “travelling more” wasn’t just going to happen, they would need to decide what exactly they wanted, make a plan and commit to a lot of work. From the day they met, they’d been talking about “travelling more”, but in ten years they hadn’t advanced very far toward that dream and it had become more of a nagging dissatisfaction than an inspiring goal.

The Exotic and the Mundane: One couple, a bold decision, and the life-changing adventure that followed. #ad - In early 2012, sell everything, they made a decision to go all in on their travel dream, and hit the road for an open-ended period of time. On march 31, 2013, they locked up their house one last time and left on a tour that would take them to 23 countries and 23 U. S. States over the next 14 months. Every time they returned from one of their brief yearly vacations, Joyce would spend weeks depressed, thinking there had to be a way to do more than this.

In 2011, joyce & daryle were approaching 40 and had been married for almost ten years.

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Happy Valley: The Story of the English in Kenya

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Thistle Publishing #ad - Happy Valley: The Story of the English in Kenya #ad - Nicholas best tells an immensely entertaining tale"Max Hastings, even, gossipy"Nigel Dempster, amusing and, Evening Standard"Erudite, 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 LifeThe definitive story of the British in Kenya, whose exploits inspired King Solomon’s Mines, to the decadent Happy Valley set of the 1930s, from the explorer Joseph Thomson, the murder of Lord Erroll, and the Mau Mau revolt of the 1950s.

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Safari Ants, Baggy Pants And Elephants: A Kenyan Odyssey

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Blackbird Digital Books #ad - This magnificent, birthplace of mankind, beautiful country, owner of my heart. Susie kelly, 2017what readers are saying:'i’ve just been on a wonderful safari trip to Kenya! At least that’s how it felt. I pre-ordered the book, received it on 6th June and read it the same day. Phone off the hook and cup of tea at hand.

The long-awaited sequel to susie kelly's us amazon top 40 ranking memoir I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry More than 40 years after leaving Kenya, Susie unexpectedly finds herself returning for a safari organised by an old friend. With her husband terry, susie sets off for a holiday touring the game reserves, but what she finds far exceeds her expectations.

As a lover of all wildlife this was a trip that I could only ever dream about, but this book more than satisfied my curiosity and thirst for knowledge about African wildlife. Mrs bloggs books'a wonderful & poignant African safari. Cannot recommend this book enough - beautifully written as always and having lived in Kenya myself during the same period empathise totally with every word she writes.

Safari Ants, Baggy Pants And Elephants: A Kenyan Odyssey #ad - She has a fantastic gift & is right up there with the likes of Chris Stewart of Driving over Lemons fame. Anybody thinking of taking a safari holiday in Kenya, or who would like to take an armchair safari to Kenya, should read this book. Hemingway wrote: 'i never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy.

That is how I feel about Kenya.

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African Ways Again: More recollections of life in South Africa

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#ad - It tells what happened next in valerie Poore's life in South Africa's rural Kwa-Zulu Natal in the 1980s. More bittersweet than the first book, Val and her family move down the mountain from the farm where they spent the three happy years described in African Ways. In this second book, but the anecdotes she shares are still filled with colour, life changes dramatically for the author and her small daughters, humour and everything that she loves about Africa and its people.

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

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Aurum Press #ad - 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.

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

The Ghost of Happy Valley: Searching for the Lost World of Africa's Infamous Aristocrats #ad - 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.

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Casting with a Fragile Thread: A Story of Sisters and Africa

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Henry Holt and Co. #ad - From a privileged colonial childhood of mansions and servants, her story moves to a young adulthood marked by her father's death, her mother's insanity, and the viciousness of a bloody civil war. In this poignant, lyric memoir, a sister's tragic death prompts a woman's unbidden journey into her turbulent African past.

A comfortable suburban housewife with three children living in Connecticut, Wendy Kann thought she had put her volatile childhood in colonial Rhodesia—now Zimbabwe—behind her. Through unlikely love she finds herself in the incongruous sophistication of Manhattan; three children bring the security of suburban America, until the heartbreaking vulnerability of the small child her sister left behind in Africa compels her to return to a continent she hardly recognizes.

Casting with a Fragile Thread: A Story of Sisters and Africa #ad - With honesty and compassion, kann pieces together her sister's life, explores the heartbreak of loss and belonging, and finally discovers the true meaning of home. Then one sunday morning came a terrible phone call: her youngest sister, Lauren, had been killed on a lonely road in Zambia. Suddenly unable to ignore her longing for her homeland, she decides she must confront the ghosts of her past.

Wendy kann's is a personal journey, set against a backdrop as exotic as it is desolate.

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Msomi and Me: Tales from the African bush

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Brian Connell #ad - This book has everything! it"s an easy read, & is so compelling it cannot be put down. In fact, it is a lifetime, one of which you've never experienced or ever possibly could! Intriguing, cute & naughty little bush animals wreaking havoc on the tourists in the Lodge, unforgettable protagonists, colorful, and camera shots of dangerous African animals' eyes taken with a mere 135mm lens thanks to a genuine old African "animal whisperer.

Adventure, love, tragedy, playfulness, calamity, wild animals one especially stands-out, denouement. What more do you want? blood? well, there's that too! It"s not too long, & it includes some EXCELLENT original recipes at the back. Msomi & me m&m, is one of the all-time best reads of a lifetime.

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