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West With The Night

Beryl Markham



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Virago Press Ltd
25 August 2015
Biography: general; Classic travel writing
WEST WITH THE NIGHT appeared on 13 bestseller lists on first publication in 1942. It tells the spellbinding story of Beryl Markham -- aviator, racehorse trainer, fascinating beauty -and her life in the Kenya of the 1920s and 30s.

Markham was taken to Kenya at the age of four. As an adult she was befriended by Denys Finch-Hatton, the big-game hunter of OUT OF AFRICA fame, who took her flying in his airplane. Thrilled by the experience, Markham went on to become the first woman in Kenya to receive a commercial pilot's license.

In 1936 she determined to fly solo across the Atlantic -- without stopping. When Charles Lindbergh did the same, he had the wind behind him. Markham, by contrast, had a strong headwind against her and a plane that only flew up to 163 mph. On 4 September, she took off ... Several days later, she crash-landed in Nova Scotia and became an instant celebrity.
By:   Beryl Markham
Imprint:   Virago Press Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   New edition
Volume:   2129
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 126mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   240g
ISBN:   9780860685418
ISBN 10:   0860685411
Series:   Virago Modern Classics
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   25 August 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Born in England in 1902, Markham grew up in East Africa. She apprenticed as a trainer and breeder of racehorses and in the 1930s became an African bush pilot. In 1936 she became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west. Markham died suddenly in 1986.

Reviews for West With The Night

A beautiful and evocative story that deserves to be ranked alongside Karen Blixen's OUT OF AFRICA - Time Out A poet's feeling for her land, an adventurer's response to life - New York HERALD Tribune

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