The Greatest British "Kenya" Books of All Time

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  1. 1. West With the Night by Beryl Markham

    The book is a memoir of a British-born woman who grew up in Kenya during the early 20th century. She recounts her unconventional upbringing, her passion for horses, and her career as a bush pilot. The narrative is filled with vivid descriptions of the African landscape and wildlife, as well as her personal adventures and encounters. The book culminates with her historic solo flight across the Atlantic from east to west.

    The 873rd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Flame Trees Of Thika by Elspeth Huxley

    The book is a vivid memoir that recounts the author's childhood experiences in colonial Kenya during the early 20th century. Through the eyes of a young girl, it captures the pioneering spirit of her parents as they establish a coffee farm in the untamed highlands of East Africa. The narrative is rich with descriptions of the stunning landscapes, the diverse cultures of the local tribes, and the various colonial characters who are trying to make their fortunes on the frontier. The memoir is both a coming-of-age story and a portrayal of a bygone era, marked by challenges, adventures, and the complexities of cultural interactions during the period of British colonial rule.

    The 3481st Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Constant Gardener by John le Carré

    "The Constant Gardener" is a gripping tale of corporate corruption and its impact on the world's most vulnerable people. The story follows a British diplomat who embarks on a dangerous journey to find the truth behind his wife's murder. As he uncovers layers of deceit, he discovers that she was close to exposing a conspiracy involving a pharmaceutical company testing a dangerous drug on unsuspecting African villages. The novel explores themes of love, loss, and the lengths one man will go to seek justice.

    The 4382nd Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Warriors by Gerald Hanley

    "Warriors" is a compelling account of the author's experiences during World War II while stationed in Somalia. Tasked with leading Somali soldiers in the British Army, the author confronts not only the harsh realities of a brutal and unforgiving desert war against insurgent tribes but also grapples with the psychological toll of isolation and the moral complexities of leadership and colonialism. The narrative delves deeply into themes of courage, loyalty, and the human condition, offering a poignant exploration of the burdens carried by those in command.

    The 5974th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Born Free by Joy Adamson

    The book tells the true story of Elsa, a lioness raised by a game warden and his wife after being orphaned as a cub. Unlike other lions raised in captivity, Elsa is taught how to survive in the wild. The narrative beautifully captures the deep bond that forms between Elsa and her human caretakers, as well as the emotional struggle they face as they prepare to release her into her natural habitat, aiming to grant her freedom while fearing for her survival. The story is a poignant exploration of the complex relationship between humans and animals, and the moral implications of their interactions.

    The 6327th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. Imperial Reckoning by Caroline Elkins

    "Imperial Reckoning" is a historical account of the British Empire's brutal suppression of the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya during the 1950s. The book reveals the atrocities committed by the British colonial government, including mass detention, torture, and forced labor, which resulted in the death of tens of thousands of Kenyans. It also exposes the systemic efforts to cover up these crimes and the lasting impact on Kenya's social and political landscape.

    The 10681st Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. Submergence by J. M. Ledgard

    This novel intertwines the lives of two characters: James More, a British spy captured by jihadist fighters in Somalia, and Danielle Flinders, a biomathematician exploring the depths of the ocean. As they face their respective forms of isolation and danger, their thoughts drift to a Christmas past spent together in a French hotel, where they fell in love. Through their separate yet parallel experiences, the narrative explores themes of love, the vastness of the human spirit, and the profound connections between the ocean's depths and the most remote desert lands, highlighting the fragility and depth of human existence in the face of the natural world's immensity.

    The 10930th Greatest Book of All Time

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