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Loved this book from the first page. Interesting and strong main character with a ery close connection to "Out of Africa". Cried and laughed, great insight to the colonial times in Kenia and its breathtaking scenery but often heart breaking times of the settlers.
Circling the Sun
'Paula McLain cements herself as THE writer of historical fictional memoir with Circling the Sun, giving vivid voice to Beryl Markham, a singular, extraordinary woman . . . In McLain's confident hands, Markham crackles to life, and we readers truly understand what made a woman so far ahead of her time believe she had the power to soar' Jodi Picoult
As a child, Beryl Markham is brought to Kenya from Edwardian England by parents dreaming of a new life on an African farm; only two years later, her mother has abandoned the family and returned home. Neglected daughter, scourge of governesses, serial absconder from boarding school, by the age of sixteen Beryl has been catapulted into a disastrous marriage, emerging from the wreckage vowing to take charge of her own destiny.
As Beryl forges ahead with her new life, we encounter the writer-farmer-baroness Karen Blixen; irresistible big-game hunter Denys Finch Hatton; Kibii, the friend of her girlhood; and Lord Delamere, the man who gives Beryl a chance to prove herself. And at the heart of the novel is Beryl herself: dazzling, contradictory, brave, passionate and reckless, whose great loss in love finally frees her to pursue her dreams of flight - and freedom.
'McLain brings the scandalous past to vivid life' Tatler
'Truly gripping and powerful' Stylist
Beryl Markham was a 20th century flying phenomenon; Britain's answer to America's Amelia Earhart. Unlike Earhart, whose plane disappeared in flight, Markham survived to enjoy her old age. She was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic east to west - a thrilling feat that bookends this wonderful story set in Kenya's sun-soaked, gin-fuelled Happy Valley. McLain paints Markham in vivid colours: dazzling, courageous, stroppy, and passionate. A totally absorbing and compelling read Richard & Judy
Paula McLain received an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan and has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the author of two collections of poetry, as well as a memoir, Like Family. Her novels include The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun. She lives in Cleveland with her family.