The Flame Trees of Thika : Memories of an African Childhood, Paperback

The Flame Trees of Thika : Memories of an African Childhood Paperback



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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Autobiography: general
  • ISBN: 9780099577263



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