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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paula McLain Narrator: Katharine McEwan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Paula McLain, author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller The Paris Wife, takes readers into the glamorous and decadent circle of British expats living in Kenya in the 1920s.

Circling the Sun tells the story of the beautiful young horse trainer, adventurer, and aviator Beryl Markham, from her childhood in British East Africa to her relationship with hunter Denys Finch Hatton and rivalry with Out of Africa author Karen Blixen—a notorious love triangle that changed the course of Beryl’s life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “No one does compulsively readable historical fiction about women better than McLain. She proves it again in [Circling the Sun], one of her best.”


  • “Beryl Markham was a pioneering aviator…yet few young girls know her name. With her latest novel, based on true events, McLain…aims to change that. Beryl is one badass heroine. McLain crafts a story readers won’t soon forget.”

    Good Housekeeping

  • “[A] fictionalized history…as luminous as its headstrong heroine. An exhilarating ride.”

    Family Circle

  • “Famed aviator Beryl Markham is a novelist’s dream…a complex woman who lived—defiantly—on her own terms.”


  • “Reminds us that independent women have always been among us, moving at their own speed.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “An engrossing story of love and adventure in colonial Africa, complete with gorgeous landscape, dissolute British ex-pats, and lots of derring-do with horses, motorcars, and airplanes…The best kind of contemporary historical novel.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “[A] fascinating portrayal…Highly, highly recommended.”


  • “[A] luminous new historical novel…giving readers a book—and a world—to get lost in.”


  • “Narrator Katherine McEwan offers a soft, youthful feel to Beryl’s early life…McEwan delivers credible accents—African and British—and her melodious voice is a fine match for Paula McLain’s lush descriptions of Africa.”


  • A LibraryReads Pick for July 2015
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for July 2015 in Fiction
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
  • A BookPage Top Pick for August 2015
  • An AARP Magazine Editors’ Pick
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A People Pick of the Week
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Literature & Fiction
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2015
  • A Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2015

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Suzy... | 8/16/2015

    " It comes across like a biography /memoir and the story is mostly in chronological order which makes it easy to follow. The novel is the life story of Beryl Markham. I knew nothing about her and found it fascinating and emotional at times. We follow her living on her father's farm, through a rushed-into marriage and see her independence grow. Highly enjoyable. The recording is split into tracks each of around 5 minutes duration. This seemed unnecessary and chapter splits would have been better. "

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