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West with the Night by Beryl Markham

West with the Night by Beryl Markham

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West with the Night by Beryl Markham is a 261-page hardcover first published in 1942.  This copy published in 1983 by North Point Press.  The dust jacket is price-clipped.  Inside, the book is in very good condition.

Book Summary

West with the Night, the national best-selling memoir of Beryl Markham, subject of the PBS documentary "World Without Walls," is now available in a hardcover edition including 32 pages of photographs chosen from the collection gathered and documented by Miss Markham's biographer, Mary S Lovell.

Beryl Markham was born in England in 1902 and was taken by her father to East Africa in 1906. A horse breeder, adventure, and farmer, he chose East Africa "because it was new and you could feel the future of it under your feet." She spent her childhood playing with native Murani children and witnessing her father's patience and labor as he transformed to stretch a wilderness into a working farm. Against this backdrop of primitive Africa, an Africa that no longer exists, Miss Markham describes her life with care, eloquent prose, and a moving narrative.

After apprenticing with her father as a trainer and breeder of racehorses, she turned to aviation. From 1931 to 1936 Miss Markham carried mail, passengers, and supplies in her small plane to the remote corners of the Sudan, Tanganyika, Kenya, and Rhodesia. In September 1936 she became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west taking off in England and crash landing in Nova Scotia twenty-one hours and twenty-five minutes later.
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