One of the single greatest autobiographies I've ever read, second only to "The Autobiography of Malcolm X." The life of famed aviatrix Beryl Markham reads like a character out of the pages of Ruyard Kipling or J. Ryder Haggard, yet her name is almost lost to history. We follow Beryl on her whirlwind journey, from her childhood in Africa to her career as a breeder of championship racehorses. We see her discover a passion for flight as she works as a bush pilot, delivering mail and supplies to remote African villages- a career that would eventually lead her to become the fist person to fly east to west across the Atlantic and, subsequently, a household name in the pioneer days of aviation. Along the way, she makes friends with the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Isak Dinesen (In Dinesen's bestselling novel, "Out of Africa," the character of Felicity is based on Markham.) Brash, beautiful and fearless, this is the story of a woman who thumbed her nose at the so-called "protocols and conventional thinking" of a male-dominated Early 20th Century...and became a legend in her own time.— Robert
This beautifully written autobiography brings us the remarkable life story of Beryl Markham, the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west. Brought up on a farm in Kenya, Markham chose to stay in Africa when, at seventeen, her father lost their farm and went to Peru. She began an apprenticeship as a racehorse trainer which turned into a highly successful career. In her twenties, Markham gave up horses for airplanes and became the first woman in East Africa to be granted a commercial pilot's license, piloting passengers and supplies in a small plane to remote corners of Africa.
As rich and inspiring as when it was first written, West with the Night captures the spirit of a true pioneer woman.