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Happy Valley: the story of the English in Kenya



This was my first book, a light-hearted history of British involvement in Kenya. I wrote it for people to read on the beach or at a game lodge while waiting for the animals to appear. It has been an Amazon No 1 best seller in Britain and (amazingly) France in several different categories.

Read an extract…





‘Nicholas Best tells an immensely entertaining tale’ – Max Hastings, Evening Standard

‘An erudite, amusing and, even, gossipy book’ – Nigel Dempster, Punch

‘Anyone with experience of Kenya, past or present, resident or tourist, will enjoy reading Happy Valley’Country Life

‘First class… quite hilariously funny’ – Melbourne Herald