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The Happy Valley (1987)

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In 1940 Kenya as their country prepares for war, the local aristocratic social set lives a decadent, self-indulgent lifestyle, that leads to murder.

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Juanita Carberry
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Helen Tapsell
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Asst. Supt. Poppy
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Waiganjo
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Gatimu
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Frank Lazarus ...
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Abdulla Sunado ...
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Oliver Rowe ...
Ian Eatwell
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In Kenya, East Africa, the English aristocracy are famed for lavish parties where champagne, morphine and open affairs are in vogue. When a young girl learns of a murder within that circle, her life is made increasingly unpleasant by those involved. Written by <wyohwy@hotmail.com>

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"Elspeth Huxley: A Biography" by Christine Nicholls, published in 2007, names the killer after 66 years. Coincidently, there was renewed interest in the murder after fashion designer Isabella Blow, granddaughter of Delves Broughton, took her own life the same year. See more »

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I Never Knew (I Could Love Anybody Like I'm Loving You)
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Written by Roy K. Marsh, Ray Egan and Tom Pitts
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Happy Valley
7 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was fascinated by this account of life, through a child's eyes, in 1930s Kenya. The attitudes, history and culture were all an eye-opening, first-hand insight into colonial Africa. The depiction of Juanita's treatment at the hands of her Governess and step-father might be vivid (though not graphic - the cane's grisly progress is implied through sound only and girlish suffering, cleverly depicted by the actress), but they come directly from her own account and are not only valid, but necessary to the plot. Without being given an indication of the injustice she experienced, we would be denied a valuable insight to her story. Juanita Carberry may not have been alone in these trials, but very few have the courage to recollect.


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