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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.
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.
. A jewel of taut writing and thrilling reading .