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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8,274 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beryl Markham Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This beautifully written autobiography brings us the remarkable life story of Beryl Markham, the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west. Brought up on a farm in Kenya, Markham chose to stay in Africa when, at seventeen, her father lost their farm and went to Peru. She began an apprenticeship as a racehorse trainer which turned into a highly successful career. In her twenties, Markham gave up horses for airplanes and became the first woman in East Africa to be granted a commercial pilot’s license, piloting passengers and supplies in a small plane to remote corners of Africa.

As rich and inspiring as when it was first written, West with the Night captures the spirit of a true pioneer woman.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Did you read Beryl Markham’s book, West with the Night?…She has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer…I wish you would get it and read it because it is really a bloody wonderful book.”

    Ernest Hemingway, in a letter to Maxwell Perkins

  • “Much more than a pilot’s memoir, West with the Night is a wise, funny, and inspiring exploration of a life well lived.”


  • “In a memoir almost lyrical in quality, Beryl Markham shares the story of her remarkable life…Markham’s rich and poetic passages are deftly caressed by narrator Anna Fields…Especially notable are Fields’ portrayal of Africans, her wistful humor, and her reverence for nature.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Eryn Paull | 2/14/2014

    " This is a lavishly told story of adventure, courage, and heartbreak, and every word is true. Beryl Markham is my personal hero! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nan | 2/9/2014

    " There is a lot of description and not enough action for me, but an interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carolyn | 1/29/2014

    " Markham's autobiographical recounting of her years in Africa is written beautifully. Her style is smooth with many rich metaphors, but also with a nice humor. Having read many stories set in Africa recently, the recounting of her childhood reminds me much of The Flame Trees of Thika. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Courtnay | 1/21/2014

    " Beryl Markham lived a truly unique life in Africa and her book is a captivating glimpse at it. Littered throughout with Swahili phrases, her writing feels very authentic. She was a brave female pilot and even though she helped poach elephants at one point, you still want to love her somehow. I forgive you, Beryl! Your life was a journey and you captured it in this beautiful diary. "

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