Why this book?
From a precocious childhood on her father's farm in the wilds of East Africa to a self-sufficient young woman breaking wild horses, Beryl showed her grit. She found her true love when she learned to fly and eventually became the first woman to fly solo from east to west across the Atlantic. The book is beautifully written and is as inspiring as when first published in 1942. West with the Night will surely become one of your favorites.
West with the Night: A Memoir
Why should I read it?
7 authors picked West with the Night as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
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…