Red Strangers tells of the coming of the British (the Red Strangers) to East Africa in the late 1800s. Following the lives of three generations of a Kikuyu family, Huxley's magical tale immerses the reader in the language, world view and perceptions of a people whose way of life is changed forever through their encounter with the British. First published in 1952, Red Strangers describes pre-colonial village life in fascinating detail and relates the personal agony and hope brought about by change and interaction with the wider world.
Elspeth Huxley (1907-1997) was the daughter of Major Josceline Grant of Njoro, Kenya where she spent most of her childhood. She was educated at the European School in Nairobi and at Reading University where she took a diploma in agriculture, and atCornell University. In 1929 she joined the Empire Marketing Board as a press officer and, following her marriage to Gervase Huxley in 1931, travelled widely with him in America, Africa and elsewhere.