Circling the Sun (Hardback)
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Circling the Sun (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages
Published: 27/08/2015

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The New York Times bestseller

As a young girl, Beryl Markham was brought to Kenya from Britain by parents dreaming of a new life. For her mother, the dream quickly turned sour, and she returned home; Beryl was brought up by her father, who switched between indulgence and heavy-handed authority, allowing her first to run wild on their farm, then incarcerating her in the classroom. The scourge of governesses and serial absconder from boarding school, by the age of sixteen Beryl had been catapulted into a disastrous marriage - but it was in facing up to this reality that she took charge of her own destiny.

Scandalizing high society with her errant behaviour, she left her husband and became the first woman ever to hold a professional racehorse trainer's licence. After falling in with the notoriously hedonistic and gin-soaked Happy Valley set, Beryl soon became embroiled in a complex love triangle with the writer Karen Blixen and big game-hunter Denys Finch Hatton (immortalized in Blixen's memoir Out of Africa). It was this unhappy affair which set tragedy in motion, while awakening Beryl to her truest self, and to her fate: to fly.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781844088287
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 756 g
Dimensions: 164 x 233 x 34 mm

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“Very Readable ”

Circling the Sun was a very enjoyable read! Focused on the life of Beryl Markham it immerses the reader in the culture of the Africa and the white settlers there. The writing is lucid, beautiful and very readable; I... More

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“Fascinating storytelling”

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain was one of those books which I wanted to love - it has a fabulous strong woman at its center and an interesting setting - sadly it just didn't catch me. Set in Kenya through the... More

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“An amazing woman and her life.....”

Paula McLain tells us the story of Beryl Markham and her most extraordinary life. She was the first woman to complete trans-Atlantic flight and the book covers her unusual childhood in Kenya, her failed marriage and... More

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