Tony and Rosemary Seys (nee Rothschild) left England in 1949, which still suffered from the ravages of the Second World War, to build a new life in Kenya. They bought a farm in the highlands east of Lake Victoria which they called Rhodora and where they planned to settle and help the local population. They wrote a weekly newsletter back to their families in the UK, which many years later Rosemary Seys edited into a fascinating account of little known aspects of African colonial life at that time. This was not the world of "Happy Valley" or "Out of Africa", but an account of good people doing their best for the many Africans they befriended working on the farm, and of a life lived in the shadow of the Mau Mau uprising. Rosemary's recollections weave humorous anecdotes with serious observations before recalling the sadness the Seys felt when they had to leave their self-made African paradise. The Rhodora Letters is narrated by Rosemary's son, David, who grew up on the farm and includes excerpts of Rosemary recalling her remarkable life story in her own words.
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