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Straight on Till Morning: Biography of Beryl Markham (Arena Books) [Paperback]

Mary S. Lovell

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4 Aug 1988 Arena Books
Born in England and raised in Kenya, Beryl Markham was a notorious beauty. She trained race horses and had scandalous affairs, but she is most remembered for being a pioneering aviatrix. She became the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean and the first person to make it from London to New York nonstop. In Mary S. Lovell s definitive biography, Beryl takes on new life vividly portrayed by a master biographer whose knowledge of her subject is unparalleled."
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd; New edition edition (4 Aug 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099536005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099536000
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 932,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary S. Lovell was an accountant and company director until she began writing in 1980 following a serious riding accident which left her temporarily disabled. Now an internationally acclaimed biographer, she has written best selling biographies of Beryl Markham, Amelia Earhart, Cynthia Pack, Jane Digby, Sir Richard and Isabel Burton, the Mitford sisters and Bess of Hardwick. Her latest biography is a family saga of the Churchills. Her books have been translated into foreign language editions, in French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Danish and Finnish. Her biography of Amelia Earhart was made into a movie starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere in 2010, and she has three further titles optioned for film treatments. Until 2011 she often led reader groups interested in Jane Digby around Syria to follow in the exciting footsteps of this favourite subject of hers. She has recently completed promotional tours in the USA and UK, and is now working on the final chapters of her first novel.

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[Lovell] has a genuine affection for her subject. This makes fascinating reading about a woman whose feats would be difficult to duplicate. " --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight on till morning 31 Jan 2007
By Jennifer Riggs - Published on Amazon.com
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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a hero of mine 25 Jan 2001
By Esther Shaper - Published on Amazon.com
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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 5 Aug 2012
By L. Cole - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinarily well researched biography 18 Jan 2011
By stinkdyr - Published on Amazon.com
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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better late than never to have discovered this marvelous biography. 10 Feb 2013
By Margaret P. Dexter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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