Elspeth Huxley





Elspeth Huxley

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born
in London, The United Kingdom
July 23, 1907

died
January 10, 1997

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Elspeth Joscelin Huxley CBE was a polymath, writer, journalist, broadcaster, magistrate, environmentalist, farmer, and government advisor. She wrote 30 books; but she is best known for her lyrical books The Flame Trees of Thika and The Mottled Lizard which were based on her experiences growing up in a coffee farm in Colonial Kenya.

Nellie and Major Josceline Grant, Elspeth Grant's parents, arrived in Thika in what was then British East Africa in 1912, when she was 5 years old, to start a life as coffee farmers and colonial settlers. Flame Trees... explores how unprepared for rustic life the early British settlers really were. Elspeth was educated at a whites only school in Nairobi.

She left Africa in 1925, earning a degree in agriculture at
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Average rating: 4.06 · 4,156 ratings · 264 reviews · 44 distinct works · Similar authors
The Flame Trees of Thika: M...
4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 3,523 ratings — published 1959 — 26 editions
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The Mottled Lizard
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 208 ratings — published 1962 — 9 editions
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Red Strangers
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 92 ratings — published 1939 — 3 editions
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Out in the Midday Sun
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 86 ratings — published 1985 — 8 editions
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Murder on Safari
3.51 of 5 stars 3.51 avg rating — 59 ratings — published 1938 — 8 editions
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The African Poison Murders
3.24 of 5 stars 3.24 avg rating — 50 ratings — published 1939 — 8 editions
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Murder at Government House
3.33 of 5 stars 3.33 avg rating — 36 ratings — published 1937 — 7 editions
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Scott of the Antarctic
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 28 ratings — published 1977 — 4 editions
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Four Guineas
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 1954 — 2 editions
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Nine Faces of Kenya
4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 1991 — 7 editions
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“How much does one imagine, how much observe? One can no more separate those functions than divide light from air, or wetness from water.”
Elspeth Huxley, The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood

“this was a moment of magic revealing to us all, for a few moments, a hidden world of grace and wonder beyond the one of which our eyes told us, a world that no words could delineate, as insubstanttial as a cloud, as iridescent as a dragon-fly and as innocent as the heart of a rose.”
Elspeth Huxley, The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood
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“The best way to find out things, if you come to think of it, is not to ask questions at all. If you fire off a question, it is like firing off a gun; bang it goes, and everything takes flight and runs for shelter. But if you sit quite still and pretend not to be looking, all the little facts will come and peck round your feet, situations will venture forth from thickets and intentions will creep out and sun themselves on a stone; and if you are very patient, you will see and understand a great deal more than a man with a gun.”
Elspeth Huxley, The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood

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