West With The Night


Beryl Markham - aviator, racehorse trainer, fascinating beauty - was taken to Kenya aged 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.

WEST WITH THE NIGHT tells the story of her life in 1920's and 30's Kenya.  When first published in 1942 it was on 13 bestseller lists.


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