West with the Night – Beryl Markham autobiography

West with the Night is a 1942 memoir by Beryl Markham, chronicling her experiences growing up in Kenya (then British East Africa) in the early 1900s, leading to a career as a bush pilot there.

It is considered a classic of outdoor literature …

There are some questions of whether Markham is the real author of her memoir. According to the 1993 biography, The Lives of Beryl Markham, by Errol Trzebinski, the book’s real author was her third husband, the ghost writer and journalist Raoul Schumacher. …

Ernest Hemingway was deeply impressed with Markham’s writing, saying:

“she has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer. I felt that I was simply a carpenter with words, picking up whatever was furnished on the job and nailing them together and sometimes making an okay pig pen. But [she] can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves as writers … it really is a bloody wonderful book.”

In 2004, National Geographic Adventure ranked it number 8 in a list of 100 best adventure books. …

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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