happy valley

For those of you who a bit about Kenya the words “Happy Valley” do ring a bell. These words bring us back to the colonial days between two world wars. The heady days of colonialism where the rich and mighty had much to spend, where drugs and extra-marital relations and murder (?) were present. In many books about the colonial days the set of Happy Valley is mentioned.

Juliet Barnes, from Kenya, has dug into the past and the present of this valley. What happened to all the beautiful houses where these aristocrats lived in ? Are there still memories lingering on in the valley and among the members of the white tribe?

This book got a review in the Kenyan Daily Nation. Also the British The Spectator had a dip into this book.


The Buxton House, the Happy Valley home of colonial aristocrat Countess Alice de Janze. Cover of Juliet Barnes' novel The Ghosts of Happy Valley. (inset) It is one of the once splendid country houses that today lies in a state of decaying dereliction. PHOTO/FILE/JOHN FOX
Buxton House in the Happy Valley

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I enjoy reading about Africa. New books. Old books. By African writers. By non-African writers. Novel. History. Travel. Biographies. Autobiographies. Politics. Colonialism. Poetry.

2 thoughts on “happy valley

    1. I am reading a fictionbook and guess what? The Happy Valley plays a crucial role, especially the murder of Lord Erroll. I think it is quit a white-tribe thing.


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