Date: Wednesday, 5 Jun 2019
Time: 19:30 (7:30 pm)
Register by: 4 Jun 2019 (registration form below)
Member Cost: Free!
Guests: €5,00 pp (READ about how this can be pro-rated towards your membership fee)
Our next book selection will be:
West with the Night by Beryl Markham
This book appeared on 13 bestseller lists on first publication in 1942. It tells the spellbinding story of Beryl Markham — aviator, racehorse trainer, fascinating beauty – and her life in the Kenya of the 1920s and 30s. Markham was taken to Kenya at the age of four. As an adult, she was befriended by Denys Finch-Hatton, the big-game hunter of OUT OF AFRICA fame, who took her flying in his airplane. Thrilled by the experience, Markham went on to become the first woman in Kenya to receive a commercial pilot’s license. In 1936, she determined to fly solo across the Atlantic — without stopping. When Charles Lindbergh did the same, he had the wind behind him. Markham, by contrast, had a strong headwind against her and a plane that only flew up to 163 mph. On 4 September, she took off … Several days later, she crash-landed in Nova Scotia and became an instant celebrity.
The book had many excellent reviews, but there was one which we all found extremely impressive:
- “Did you read Beryl Markham’s book, West with the Night? I knew her fairly well in Africa and never would have suspected that she could and would put pen to paper except to write in her flyer’s log book. As it is, she has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer. I felt that I was simply a carpenter with words, picking up whatever was furnished on the job and nailing them together and sometimes making an okay pig pen. But [she] can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves writers. The only parts of it that I know about personally, on account of having been there at the time and heard the other people’s stories, are absolutely true . . . I wish you would get it and read it because it is really a bloody wonderful book.” — Ernest Hemingway
This will be our last gathering before the summer. Please join us for a really nice evening before we all fly out for the summer.
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