West with the Night (Paperback)

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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


A new edition of a great, underappreciated classic of our time
Beryl Markham's "West with the Night "is a true classic, a book that deserves the same acclaim and readership as the work of her contemporaries Ernest Hemingway, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and Isak Dinesen.
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 . . . She] can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves as writers . . . 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.

About the Author

Beryl Markham (1902-1986) was a British-born Kenyan aviatrix, adventurer, and racehorse trainer.

Sara Wheeler is the author of, most recently, "The Magnetic North "and "Access All Areas."

Product Details
ISBN: 9788087830604
ISBN-10: 8087830601
Publisher: Important Books
Publication Date: July 23rd, 2013
Pages: 300
Language: English