- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 59 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: June 3, 2005
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0009VV716
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Once started I could not stop. Beryl was an incredible writer. Every sentence here is rich in emotion, sensory and time. Had she been more prolific she may have become one of the great writers of her time. But this book is real about an extraordinary woman's life and achievements. From her career in horseracing to being the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean we get to relive the time with her as she writes.
As with all books I love I was sad when it ended and even more so that there will be no more books by this woman.
This is not a memoir. It is a series of individual, not necessarily related, stories that stand on their own, each one excellent. If you want to learn about British East Africa in the early 1900's, or read exciting, heart-racing (yours) stories about near-death (and death) experiences, a little girl running with the natives killing lions, hunting wild boar, and later fly-scouting for elephants, a horse race that defies the law of physics, amazing feats in aeroplanes, or if you just want to read a beautifully written book, this would be the one. I'm going to read it again because I liked it that much.
She lived with her father in Kenya (then called British East Africa) at a time when British Colonialism was coming to a close, successfully educated herself as a horse trainer (which was probably unusual for women in the late 1920s/early 1930s, most especially in Kenya), and then became the first female pilot in Africa, going on to break distance records and set records for flying which even males had not yet accomplished. She leaves a great deal out of this book (her many husbands and lovers, many other flights she took, the years she lived in the U,S.), but if you want to know about Africa in the 1920s and 1930s, want to know about horse training, or want to know about flying in that period, then put this fascinating book on your list.
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