The Lives of Beryl Markham
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The Lives of Beryl Markham


Drawing on her own long association with Markham, as well as diaries, letters, and interviews, Errol Trzebinski unravels the complexities of one of the century's great personalities.

Markham's memoir, West with the Night, was rediscovered in 1983 and became an instant bestseller, though shadowed by rumors that Markham was not the actual author. Trzebinski here puts the question of authorship to rest, as she answers many other questions about Markham in this riveting true story of courage, rivalry, sexual intrigue, and revenge.

Title:The Lives of Beryl Markham
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:448 pages

    The Lives of Beryl Markham Reviews

  • Dianne
    Aug 03, 2015

    After I read Paula McLain's "Circling the Sun," a work of historical fiction based on the early life of Beryl Markham, I immediately wanted to know more about Beryl. Since McLain's version was fiction...

  • Kay
    Aug 01, 2007

    Those who have a romanticized image of Beryl Markham after reading West with the Night and want to keep that image would do well to keep away from this book. It's a tell-all -- and there is much to te...

  • Julie
    Mar 05, 2012

    I can not understand why we do not know more about this women , she was one of the first women aviators and in the same class as Amy Johnson and Amelia Earhart,was an adventurer and did indead live an...

  • Andrew
    Mar 23, 2008

    I purchased and read this book after reading West with the Night, a story written by Bery Markham (or so I thought) that chronicles her time as a bush pilot in British East Africa. I was so taken by t...

  • Linda Doyle
    May 13, 2016

    Beryl Markham was an accomplished aviator and race horse trainer. It's too bad too much of this book concentrates instead on Markham's innumerable love affairs and rampant promiscuity. She's portrayed...

  • Stacye
    Dec 07, 2009

    The author didn't seem to have very much admiration or respect for his subject. I just kept thinking that if she had been a man he would have been slapping her on the bag and giving her a wink and a n...

  • Linda LaBell
    Jun 07, 2017

    The good, the bad and the ugly about one of the world's most fascinating women. Raised in the Kenyan bush largely by natives, Beryl went on to create successful careers training racehorses and in avia...

  • Connie Kronlokken
    Nov 20, 2015

    Beryl Markham is a fascinating person. Never well off, she grew up with Kenyan children, learning as they did to be fearless and ignore pain. Her father also trained her to work with his horses, and s...

  • Linda Lipko
    Nov 11, 2015

    Beryl Markham led quite a life, one of hedonism, selfishness, ruthlessness without a thought of how her actions impacted on those in her circle. Today she would be categorized as a sociopath. This is ...

  • Ebookwormy1
    Mar 20, 2008

    This book was well written, but by the end of it, i was so sick of Beryl Markham. What a bitter, despairing, end to a life invested so poorly. It was good for understanding the history of Markham, the...