West with the Night

(Nonfiction; North Point Press, a division of Farrar, Straus
and Giroux, 1995)


When Beryl Markham published her memoir of growing up in British East Africa (modern Kenya) in 1942, Ernest Hemingway raved: “[Markham] can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves writers.” Markham’s account of a childhood spent barefoot chasing after the Murani hunters who were her protectors and friends and of her later work as a racehorse trainer and aviator is written with fierce attention to setting and to the sheer physical thrill of hunting, racing, flying; the animal pleasures of an unusual life, without sentiment but with great heart.

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