Macdonald,1953 (originally published 1925).
Hardback; 135 x 190 mm; green boards with gold titles on spine; 183 pages. Original unclipped dust jacket.
Good condition. Small stain and dent on front cover. Slight bumping to top, bottom and corners of the DJ, sunning on the edges of the DJ, and sunning affecting the recto of the front free endpaper and the verso of the back free endpaper. There is a tear at the top of the fly title. There is slight chipping affecting the bottom of pages 63/66, 141/142, 147/148 and 151/152. There is a slight mark on page 181.
Llewelyn Powys (1884 – 1939) was a British writer known for his books of essays, travel books, and memoirs. He was the younger brother of writers John Cowper Powys and T F Powys.
Black Laughter is a collection of 26 short essays reflecting his experiences as a stock farmer in Kenya from 1914 to 1919. They are tales and impressions of settler life on farms in British East Africa after 1914, during the campaign in German East Africa, and of East African characters of the period. Naturally, it gives a British colonial view of East Africa during World War I appropriate to the opinions about such matters held at that time.
It is nonetheless considered to be among Llewelyn Powys’ finest works. It will be of interest to anyone who wishes to know more about World War I in East Africa, an aspect of the war little covered in print, from the pen of a gifted writer.