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Description of the Book:
West with the Night is an exceptional autobiography filled
with a strong spirit, fascinating events, and beautiful words. Beryl
Markham was raised by her father on a large farm in British East
Africa in the early twentieth century; as a child she preferred
spear hunting with the native Muranis to her school lessons. At
seventeen, when her father lost their farm and went to Peru, she
chose to stay in Africa and began a highly
successful career as a race horse trainer. In her twenties she gave
up horses and started flying airplanes, becoming the first woman
in East Africa to be granted a commercial pilot's license, then
the first woman to fly the Atlantic from east to west.
Although she was the very first person to fly solo across the Atlantic
Ocean the "hard way" - against the headwinds - the name
Beryl Markham is not a familiar one. Unfortunately, this is often
the case for many great female aviators, but as more information
becomes available, this is slowly changing. Beryl Markham's name
will forever be associated with thoroughbred horses, her book WEST
WITH THE NIGHT, and doing it "the hard way."
Taken as a young child to British East Africa, Beryl was left
by her mother to be raised by her father and the African house-servants.
Having grown up among the native Africans on her father's farm,
Beryl possessed a bond with the African culture, as well as an inherent
will to survive. Beryl's father, Charles Clutterbuck, who successfully
trained thoroughbreds for the Nairobi racing scene, contributed
to his daughter's superb horsemanship. Her ability to ride, coupled
with her skill as a hunter, which she learned from her African companions,
made Beryl Markham a noted personality among the great white hunters
of the time. More...