Martha Gellhorn’s three intertwined novellas are concerned with the integration of European outsider into the dramatic landscape of East Africa. It is a story of rejection and enchantment. Two sisters, one beautiful, one plain, return unmarried from their adventures in the great to their parents’ hotel on the mountain, where they are caught up in a scandalous relations with an African official and an English botanist.
A heartbroken woman tries to escape the memory of her son’s death on a doomed holiday by the sea. A lonely, awkward young Englishman, disorientated by years as a prisoner-of-war, orphaned by bombs in London, seeks a new life in the highlands.
Eland Publishing, 2006 (1978)