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The Happy Valley

(The second book in the Kenya series)
A novel by

A bond that cannot be broken...

In the early years of the twentieth century, the beautiful rolling farmlands of East Africa are nothing short of an earthly paradise for their powerful white colonial settlers.

And for no-one does that paradise seem sweeter than for John Barclay, son and heir of one of Kenya's most prominent families.

As John Barclay travels back to his family farm Naivasha after leaving Oxford University, he meets Joseph Kinshashu, a Kikuyu who offers his services as a personal valet to the young heir.

When World War One breaks out shortly afterwards, John and Joseph's friendship will be tested as both see the other through some hard times.

But that is only the beginning of the bloody turbulence that will swamp not only their country, but their friendship too.

For Joseph, it becomes all-too-clear that the white man is the unnatural ruler in a country that should rightfully be returned to its true owners.

As for John, come what may, he will defend his beautiful wife, his family and his home to the bitter end.

Who will win in the end?

The well-educated Joseph with both freedom and revenge in his heart?

Or John Barclay, who lives by the honourable code of an Englishman - underpinned by a hefty dose of ruthlessness?

Happy Valley is a sweeping and often brutal historical epic from a master of the genre, giving a fascinating insight into 50 years of bloodthirsty Kenyan history.

Praise for Christopher Nicole

'A thoroughly entertaining yarn' Irish Times

'fast-paced, entertaining, appealing!' Library Journal

Christopher Nicole was born and brought up in British Guyana and the West Indies. His output of books has been prolific and many of his novels are historical with a Caribbean background. This book was previously published under the pseudonym Alan Savage.

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Used availability for Christopher Nicole's The Happy Valley

Hardback Editions

April 1989 : UK Hardback

Title: The Happy Valley
Author(s): Christopher Nicole
ISBN: 0-7126-2210-1 / 978-0-7126-2210-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Century
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Paperback Editions

1994 : UK Paperback

Title: The Happy Valley
Author(s): Christopher Nicole
ISBN: 1-85501-657-5 / 978-1-85501-657-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Sheridan Book Company
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April 1991 : UK Paperback

Title: The Happy Valley
Author(s): Christopher Nicole
ISBN: 0-09-964540-8 / 978-0-09-964540-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
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Kindle Editions

May 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Happy Valley (Kenya Series Book 2)
Author(s): Christopher Nicole
Publisher: Endeavour Press
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