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Straight on Till Morning: the Biography of Beryl Markham Hardcover – September, 1987


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st Us Edition edition (September 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312010966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312010966
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The republication of West with the Night in 1983 rekindled interest in Beryl Markham, who wrote it in 1936 after her solo flight across the Atlantic. This is the story of a person who lived intenselyshe died at her Kenya home in 1986early on as a wild child raised by a father whose wife left him in Africa with their daughter when she moved back to England. As a teenager and adult, the pioneer aviator made news. Married three times, divorced for infidelity, she had many lovers, among them: Bror Blixen, her friend Isak (Karen) Dinesen's husband, Karen's lover Denys Finch-Hatton and Prince Henry, brother of King George VI. Finch-Hatton and another intimate, Tom Campbell-Black, taught Markham to fly and, ironically, they were both to die in plane crashes. If Lovell, a British freelance writer, intrudes more than necessary into the story, this is nevertheless an engrossing biography of a legendary beauty and achiever who lived fully her 84 years. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

YA Beryl Markham was born into the upper crust of British society. She grew up in Africa, having all the privileges of her social position while at the same time assimilating the ways of the native bushmen who worked on her horse farm. She became an aviatrix who was a bush pilot to royalty and the first person to fly the Atlantic solo from west to east. All of her successes and failures are chronicled by Mary Lovell, who spent years researching Straight on Till Morning . She has a genuine affection for her subject. This makes fascinating reading about a woman whose feats would be difficult to duplicate. While doing personal interviews with Beryl Markham, Lovell came across several stories by her published in the 1940s. Three of the stories were ghost written by her third husband, Raoul Schumacher. The others were written by Markham, and all of them are based on her personal experiences. They have been compiled in The Splendid Outcast. These two books, plus Markham's West with the Night (North Point Pr, 1983), provide a clear picture of Markham's life in Africa and the multitude of personal experiences she embraced during her lifetime. Anne Paget, Episcopal High School, Bellaire
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Her love affairs were numerous and passionate.
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Mary Lovell has written a terrific story of this incredible multi-faceted Beryl Markham.
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Couldn't wait to read more and hated when the book ended.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Riggs on January 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent account of the life of an amazing woman. After a childhood in Africa untrammeled by convention and almost devoid of education, she went on to run successful racing stables and to achieve fame as a record-breaking aviator - flying the Atlantic from east to west - hence the title.

It is told with all this author's attention to detail and personal involvement with the subject of the biography.

Highly recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Esther Shaper on January 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
So I was a 12 year old tom boy looking for a hero and stumbled upon this bio. What Luck! I honestly can't remember reading of a person more adept at living, more intrinsically intersting and eccletic than Beryl Markham. Those looking for a quick fix can look at it like a story somewhere between Annie Oakley and a Barbra Stanwyk character. I'm 23 now and she's still a hero of mine. PS read West with Night before you order this.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Margaret P. Dexter on February 10, 2013
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Mary Lovell has written a terrific story of this incredible multi-faceted Beryl Markham. I loved West with the Night - perhaps because it was recommended to me by dear friend who had an auntographed copy from Beryl who met her at Santa Barbara's Coral Casino in 1944; Although I didn't meet her I too was living in Santa Barbara from '52 until 1969 and am quite familiar with and amazed at much of the Beryl's history- I too knew the people and places - during her stay in Santa Barbara.- so close and yet so far- ( I had no idea of the drama in her life at that time.) Particularly the rumor or suspicion that she had not written WWTN.- because of her (suspected) illiteracy : that her third husband had done so.
The author Lovell's exhaustive research puts this controversy to rest in my mind. She reveals more than expected or dreamed of regarding her much admired, subject -a fearless pilot, animal lover, horse trainer- a tall beautiful woman , promiscuous, exotic, rude, hated by some- loved by many- a beloved personality .It is an unexpected thrill for the biographer and Beryl to finally meet in Kenya in 1986. The book was written in 1987.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Cole on August 5, 2012
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Ever since watching "Out of Africa" years ago, I've been fascinated with women who pioneered their way in Africa back when it was extraordinarily challenging to be a white woman there, especially one on her own. -Similar to Isak Dinesen, Beryl Markham blazed her own trail. -Certainly a flawed being, but tremendously interesting. And the writing is excellent.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By stinkdyr on January 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you like your biographies based on extensive research instead of opinion and gossip, this author is for you. Beryl is revealed, warts and all for your fascination. This is a great book to read if you feel like digging deeper into the Out of Africa (Beryl is portrayed as Felicity in that movie) colonial British East Africa period and way of life. Don't bother if you are seeking political commentary and Mau Mau material...the author purposely skipped all of that, since it is so well covered by so many others. The only thing the book missed, which I wish the author had included, is a few pages of maps.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michal Tanguay on October 31, 2012
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I read "West With the Night", Beryl's own story, so Straigt On Till Morning was a natural to fill in a lot of the blanks left by Markham for speculation.
Being a lover of horses and a female aviator, I am in awe of Markham's accomplishments, sometimes infuriated by her lifestyle, but overall, amazed with the period, the people, and the places. Read both books.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Raina26 on April 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
a book that only made me want to read more! on to read West with the Night and other Kenyan stories.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan Ziehl on January 30, 2010
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Great book. Really enjoying it. Beryl was a maverick with a troubled and extraordinary childhood. The book by Mary Lovell confirms my theory that people who achieve great things usually have crappy childhoods.
Very impressed with efficient delivery of the book - Well done AMAZON.
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