Circling the Sun

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Paula McLain

She was a daughter of Edwardian England, transplanted to Kenya as a young girl by parents who dreamed of life on an African farm. But by the time Beryl Markham was sixteen, that dream had fallen apart. Catapulted into a disastrous marriage, she emerged from its wreckage with one idea: to take charge of her own destiny.
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Beryl Markham was a 20th century flying phenomenon; Britain’s answer to America’s Amelia Earhart. Unlike Earhart, whose plane disappeared in flight, Markham survived to enjoy her old age. She was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic east to west – a thrilling feat that bookends this wonderful story set in Kenya’s sun-soaked, gin-fuelled Happy Valley. McLain paints Markham in vivid colours: dazzling, courageous, stroppy, and passionate. A totally absorbing and compelling read.

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