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West With The Night: A Memoir

If the first responsibility of a memoirist is to lead a life worth writing about, Markham succeeded beyond all measure. Born Beryl Clutterbuck in the middle of England, she and her father moved to Kenya when she was a girl, and she grew up with a zebra for a pet; horses for friends; baboons, lions, and gazelles for neighbors. She made money by scouting elephants from a tiny plane. And she would spend most of the rest of her life in East Africa as an adventurer, a racehorse trainer, and an aviatrix — she became the first person to fly nonstop from Europe to America, the first woman to fly solo east to west across the Atlantic. Hers was indisputably a life full of adventure and beauty.

And then there is the writing. When Hemingway read Markham's book, he wrote to his editor, Maxwell Perkins: "She has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer...It is really a bloody wonderful book."

With a new introduction by Sara Wheeler — one of Markham's few legitimate literary heirs — West with the Night should once again take its place as one of the world's great adventure stories.

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Recommended Age Adults
Author Beryl Markham
ISBN 0865477639
Publication Date Jan 22, 2013
Publisher North Point Press
Language English