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This is an auction for FOUR GUINEAS by Elspeth Huxley.

Amazon.com reviews:

"This account of Elspeth Huxley's travels in Gambia, Sierra Leone, the Gold Coast and Nigeria gilds the Dark Continent--not because the author romanticizes it, but because she clarifies it...its history, superstitions and tribal ways, its beauty and power, its great contrasts and complexities. But this is no postcard and Huxley is not diverted by the exotic scenery and colourful natives. Instead, she pictures a region striving to maintain its heritage while finding a future. It's like going ahead with one foot on the brake."

"Most of Elspeth Huxley's writing reflects on her experiences growing up in Kenya and her continued interest in African development. Her output includes both novels and non-fiction: autobiography, travel writing, political exposition, biography, and journalism, produced throughout the latter half of the twentieth century—her book-publishing career alone spanned more than sixty years. Sympathising from the beginning with the white settlers and increasingly with the black Africans, with a professional background in agriculture as well as journalism, she became a skilled interpreter of Africa to the world outside, even while remembering that "no person of one race and culture can truly interpret events from the angle of individuals" who belong to a "different race and culture." This has not exempted her from criticism of her racial attitudes: attitudes which were normal, nearly inescapable, for her generation, her race, and her colonial identity. As a professional she prided herself on being able to turn her pen to anything. Her polemical writing on environmental issues, for instance, deserves to be better known."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Hardback 1955.

320 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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