Circling the Sun
by Paula McLain
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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A RICHARD & PICK’ Thrilling JUDY BOOK CLUBsunny, gin-fed, gin-fedA totally absorbing and convincing readingRichard & JudyThe author of The Wife de Paris takes us to the heart of another true story: colonial Kenya of the 1920s, encircling the sun occupies an unforgettable woman who lives by the rules of no one but her own.She was the 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 years old, that dream had collapsed.Catapulted into a disastrous marriage, she emerged from her wreck with only one idea: to take her own destiny into her own hands.Encircling the sun brings us from the fragile glamour of the whole 1920s of Happy Valley, fed by gin and adultery, to the loneliness of life as a scandalous divorcee; from the spectacular beauty of Kenya’s landscape to the impeccable lawns of the Muthaiga Club of Nairobi.Dazzling beautiful, courageous, passionate and daring, Beryl is an unforgettable hero, whose tragic loss of love compels him to pursue his own dream – of flight and freedom.
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