Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (www.suzannearruda.com), and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at www.twitter.com/SuzanneArruda *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, April 05, 2010

1921 KENYA – “I’M IN THE BOOK-PART 1”

Note: this blog is being typed using a voice recognition program while my right wrist rests snugly and annoyingly in a cast.

In 1921 there was a large influx of British to the new Kenya colony. Some came as soldier - settlers, others came to find work in the towns of Nairobi, Mombassa, Fort Hall, or Naivasha. Consequently there were new people for the old people to know I'm a lot for the new people to learn. What were the laws? What clubs, schools, and churches were available? The answers to these questions and more rested in the many African directories.

There were a lot of directories, and two of the most popular were published by Nairobi's leading newspapers: The Leader of British East Africa, and The East African Standard.

The Caxton printing and publishing office, which was responsible for The Leader, published the Kenya Annual & Directory with Uganda section. For six rupees, the owner of this directory was promised information on game laws, land laws, social and sport clubs, educational institutions, detailed descriptions of towns and bomas, in 5000 names and addresses.

The East African Standard Limited "compiled" The Red Book handbook and directory. For a similar fee a person could have access to invaluable information on game laws, land laws, social and sport clubs, educational institutions, detailed descriptions of towns and bomas, and 5000 names and addresses.

Doubtless each colonist owned both. But there were other choices which we will examine next week.


Next week: PART 2
Image of The Kenya Annual & Directory taken from The Leader of British East Africa, April 30, 1921. Image of The Red Book taken from my copy.

NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, and The Leopard’s Prey, all available in trade paperback. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH is available in hardcover. An excerpt and information on pre-ordering signed copies is available at the website: www.suzannearruda.com. Follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda

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