The Flame Trees Of Thika

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THE FLAME TREES OF THIKA: MEMORIES OF AN AFRICAN CHILDHOOD
by Elspeth Huxley
published by Vintage

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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.

- paperback: 288 pages
- product dimensions: 129 x 198 mm
- ISBN: 9780099577263