Circling the Sun by Paula McLain McLain is a wonderfully rich book with the real-life character of Beryl Markham, an adventurer, author, and aviator who was re-discovered in the 1980s after a letter from Ernest Hemingway was uncovered praising Markham’s book.
Beryl Markham (26 October 1902 – 3 August 1986) was a British-born Kenyan author, aviator, adventurer, and racehorse trainer. During the pioneer days of aviation, she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west. She is now primarily remembered as the author of the memoir West with the Night.
Beryl Marham was Africa's first female licensed racehorse trainer, Kenya's first female commercial pilot, and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic east to west. She was unable to be faithful to any of her husbands, but she did reject Hemingway.
The Early Female Aviator Who Flew Across the Atlantic in Terrible Weather
Naitre, Devenir, Afrique De L'est, Filles De Cru, Style Vintage, Les Gens Inspirants, Formateurs, Vallée Heureuse, Beryl Markham
Too Close to the Sun: The Audacious Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton
The Honorable Denys George Finch Hatton (24 April 1887 – 14 May 1931) was an aristocratic big-game hunter and the lover of Baroness Karen Blixen (also known by her pen name as Isak Dinesen), a Danish noblewoman who wrote about him in her autobiographical book Out of Africa, first published in 1937. In the book, his name is hyphenated: "Finch-Hatton".
Beryl Markham, at Floyd Bennett Field in New York In September 1936, Beryl Markham achieved fame by being the first solo female aviator to fly the Atlantic Ocean from East to West (from England to America), against the prevailing winds.