West with the Night

West with the Night


  • Author : Beryl Markham
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2012-08-14
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781453237915


West with the Night Book Description :

The classic memoir of Africa, aviation, and adventure—the inspiration for Paula McLain’s Circling the Sun and “a bloody wonderful book” (Ernest Hemingway). Beryl Markham’s life story is a true epic. Not only did she set records and break barriers as a pilot, she shattered societal expectations, threw herself into torrid love affairs, survived desperate crash landings—and chronicled everything. A contemporary of Karen Blixen (better known as Isak Dinesen, the author of Out of Africa), Markham left an enduring memoir that soars with astounding candor and shimmering insights. A rebel from a young age, the British-born Markham was raised in Kenya’s unforgiving farmlands. She trained as a bush pilot at a time when most Africans had never seen a plane. In 1936, she accepted the ultimate challenge: to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean from east to west, a feat that fellow female aviator Amelia Earhart had completed in reverse just a few years before. Markham’s successes and her failures—and her deep, lifelong love of the “soul of Africa”—are all told here with wrenching honesty and agile wit. Hailed as “one of the greatest adventure books of all time” by Newsweek and “the sort of book that makes you think human beings can do anything” by the New York Times, West with the Night remains a powerful testament to one of the iconic lives of the twentieth century.

West with the Night
Score: 4.5
From 65 Ratings

West with the Night


  • Author : Beryl Markham
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release Date : 1983
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 293
  • ISBN 10 : 0865471185


West with the Night Book Description :

Describes growing up in an Africa that no longer exists, training and breeding race horses, flying mail to Sudan, and being the first woman to fly the Atlantic, east to west

Circling the Sun
Score: 3.5
From 3,701 Ratings

Circling the Sun


  • Author : Paula McLain
  • Publisher : Bond Street Books
  • Release Date : 2015-07-28
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385677226


Circling the Sun Book Description :

Paula McLain, author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller The Paris Wife, takes readers to Kenya in the 1920s, where the beautiful young horse trainer, adventurer and aviator Beryl Markham tells the story of her life among the glamorous and decadent circle of British expats living in colonial East Africa--and the complicated love triangle she shared with the white hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa. Brought to Kenya as a small child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised both by her father--a racehorse trainer--and the native Kipsigis tribe on her father's land. Her unconventional upbringing transforms her into a daring young woman, with a love of all things wild, but everything she knows and trusts dissolves when her father's farm goes bankrupt. Reeling from the scandal and heartbreak, Beryl is catapulted into a disastrous marriage at the age of 16. Finally she makes the courageous decision to break free, forging her own path as a horse trainer and shocking high society in the process. The British colony has never seen a woman as determined and fiery as Beryl. Before long, she catches the eye of the fascinating and bohemian Happy Valley set, including writer Karen Blixen and her lover Denys Finch Hatton, who will later be immortalized in Blixen's memoir, Out of Africa. The three become embroiled in a complex triangle that changes the course of Beryl's life, setting tragedy in motion while awakening her to her truest self and her fate: to fly.

The Magnetic North

The Magnetic North


  • Author : Sara Wheeler
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2011-02-01
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 1429991941


The Magnetic North Book Description :

A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011 Title More than a decade ago, Sara Wheeler traveled to Antarctica to understand a continent nearly lost to myth and lore. In the widely acclaimed, bestselling Terra Incognita, she chronicled her quest to find a hidden history buried in Antarctica's extreme surroundings. Now, Wheeler journeys to the opposite pole to create a definitive picture of life on the fringes. In The Magnetic North, she takes full measure of the Arctic: at once the most pristine place on earth and the locus of global warming. Inspired by the spiraling shape of a reindeer-horn bangle, she travels counterclockwise around the North Pole through the territories belonging to Russia, the United States, Canada, Denmark, Norway, and Finland, marking the transformations of what once seemed an unchangeable landscape. As she witnesses the mounting pollution concentrated at the pole, Wheeler reckons with the illness of the whole organism of the earth. Smashing through the Arctic Ocean with the crew of a Russian icebreaker, shadowing the endless Trans-Alaska Pipeline with a tough Idaho-born outdoorswoman, herding reindeer with the Lapps, and visiting the haunting, deceptively peaceful lands of the Gulag, Wheeler brings the Arctic's many contradictions to life. The Magnetic North is an urgent, beautiful book, rich in dramatic description and vivid reporting. It is a singular, deeply personal portrait of a region growing daily in global importance.

Straight on Till Morning  The Life of Beryl Markham
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Straight on Till Morning The Life of Beryl Markham


  • Author : Mary S. Lovell
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2011-05-16
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 421
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393342086


Straight on Till Morning The Life of Beryl Markham Book Description :

The New York Times bestseller: “Every page is filled with revelations, gossip and fascinating details about Markham.”—Diane Ackerman, The New York Times Book Review Born in England and raised in Kenya, Beryl Markham was a notorious beauty. She trained race horses and had scandalous affairs, but she is most remembered for being a pioneering aviatrix. She became the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean and the first person to make it from London to New York nonstop. In Mary S. Lovell’s definitive biography, Beryl takes on new life—vividly portrayed by a master biographer whose knowledge of her subject is unparalleled.

Night Vision
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Night Vision


  • Author : Ella West
  • Publisher : Allen & Unwin
  • Release Date : 2014-04-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781743317662


Night Vision Book Description :

In the dark, Viola sees things no one else does . . . until the night she sees something she shouldn't Viola was born with a genetic condition that makes sunlight deadly. In the dark of night, when most teenagers are tucked up in bed, Viola has the run of her parents' farm and the surrounding forest. She is used to seeing hidden things through her night-vision goggles, but one night she sees something that could get her into a whole lot of trouble . . . Viola has always believed she would be dead before she was 20, but now she must decide just how far she's willing to go to help her parents keep their beloved farm. Is it okay to steal from a thief? What if the thief might be a killer? And what if the killer threatens to come after her and her family? Night Vision is a heart-thumping thriller that will leave you breathless.

Promise the Night
Score: 3.5
From 14 Ratings

Promise the Night


  • Author : Michaela MacColl
  • Publisher : Chronicle Books
  • Release Date : 2011-11-18
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9781452111476


Promise the Night Book Description :

Immediately compelling and action-packed, this carefully researched work of historical fiction introduces young readers to the childhood of the famous yet elusive Beryl Markham, the first person to fly solo from England to North America. As in her debut novel, Prisoners in the Palace, MacColl propels readers into a multilayered story with an unforgettable heroine and evocative language that brings the backdrop of colonial British East Africa to life. A fascinating read for anyone with a thirst for adventure.

Out of Africa

Out of Africa


  • Author : Isak Dinesen
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2001-09-27
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780141913872


Out of Africa Book Description :

From the moment Karen Blixen arrived in Kenya in 1914 to manage a coffee plantation, her heart belonged to Africa. Drawn to the intense colours and ravishing landscapes, Karen Blixen spent her happiest years on the farm and her experiences and friendships with the people around her are vividly recalled in these memoirs. Out of Africa is the story of a remarkable and unconventional woman and of a way of life that has vanished for ever.

A Night Divided  Scholastic Gold
Score: 4.5
From 31 Ratings

A Night Divided Scholastic Gold


  • Author : Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2015-08-25
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780545682435


A Night Divided Scholastic Gold Book Description :

From NYT bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen comes a stunning thriller about a girl who must escape to freedom after the Berlin Wall divides her family between east and west.

Acquainted with the Night
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Acquainted with the Night


  • Author : Christopher Dewdney
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2008-12-06
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 1596917687


Acquainted with the Night Book Description :

Weaving together science and storytelling, art and anthropology, Dewdney takes readers on a fascinating journey through the nocturnal realm. In twelve chapters corresponding to the twelve hours of night, he illuminates night's central themes, including sunsets, nocturnal animals, bedtime stories, festivals of the night, fireworks, astronomy, nightclubs, sleep and dreams, the graveyard shift, the art of darkness, and endless nights. With infectious curiosity, a lyrical, intimate tone, and an eye for nighttime beauties both natural and man-made, Christopher Dewdney paints a captivating portrait of our hours in darkness. Christopher Dewdney is the author of three books of nonfiction-Last Flesh, The Secular Grail, and The Immaculate Perception-as well as eleven books of poetry. A three-time nominee for Governor General's Awards and a first-prize winner of the CBC Literary Competition, Dewdney lives in Toronto, Ontario. "As you read these pages, your life will change, because the way you see half of it will change. The night we're all familiar with will emerge as a fresh thing, deeper, fuller, older, younger, more evocative, more intimate, larger, more spectacular and, yes, more magical, and much more thrilling."-Margaret Atwood, Globe and Mail "[A] felicitous literary gambol from dusk till dawn...Dewdney throws himself headlong into the deep pool of his subject."-Sue Halpern, Newsday "An enjoyable and instructive read."-Sven Birkerts, Boston Globe Also available: HC 1-58234-396-9 $24.95