“Our Goan boys are leaving their diplomas behind and bringing back English brides,” a mother laments.
Lando narrates another captivating period, this time in post-Independence Kenya. It’s the 60s. The winds of change have blown across the Empire and mass coloured immigration into the UK has begun. Stephen, the son of a Kikuyu house servant snatched during Operation Anvil (1954) at age seven, and imprisoned by the British in a Mau Mau Detention Village, suddenly and mysteriously reappears at Lando’s doorstep ten years later. The beautiful idealist, Eleanor, enters the picture and soon discovers the ruthless legacy of the colonial system as she faces difficult new challenges.
Among the Jacaranda is the third fascinating book in the Braz Menezes’ Matata Series, after Just Matata, reissued in an expanded second edition as Beyond the Cape (1920-1950), and More Matata (1951-1963).