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Beryl Markham (26 October 1902 - 3 August 1986), was a British-born Kenyan author, pilot, horse trainer and adventurer. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... (Redirected from 26 October) October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 66 days remaining. ... 1902 (MCMII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... August 3 is the 215th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (216th in leap years), with 150 days remaining. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In horse racing, a trainer is responsible for preparing a horse for races. ...



Beryl Markham was born Beryl Clutterbuck in Melton Mowbray[1], Leicestershire[1], England. When she was four years old, her father moved the family to Kenya, which was then British East Africa. Although her mother, Clara, disliked the isolation and promptly returned to England, Beryl stayed in Kenya with her father, where she spent an adventurous childhood learning, playing and hunting with the natives. On her family's farm, she developed a knowledge of, and love for horses. Melton Mowbray or just Melton (as it is commonly known to its inhabitants) is a town of around 26,000 people in the borough of Melton north-east Leicestershire, England, 15 miles from Leicester and 105 miles north of London. ... Leicestershire ( IPA: (RP), IPA: (locally)), abbreviation Leics. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area... British East Africa was a British protectorate in East Africa, covering generally the area of present-day Kenya and lasting from 1890 to 1920, when it became the colony of Kenya. ... Binomial name Equus caballus Linnaeus, 1758 The horse (Equus caballus, sometimes seen as a subspecies of the Wild Horse, Equus ferus caballus) is a large odd-toed ungulate mammal, one of ten modern species of the genus Equus. ...

As a young adult, she trained horses, becoming the first licensed female horse trainer in Kenya. She later took up flying, becoming a bush pilot and the first person to fly the Atlantic Ocean east to west (solo non-stop flight). These experiences were chronicled in her critically acclaimed memoir, West With The Night, published in 1942. In horse racing, a trainer is responsible for preparing a horse for races. ... Bush flying is a term for air operations which are carried out in remote, inhospitable regions of the world. ... West With the Night is a memoir by Beryl Markham, chronicling her experiences growing up in Kenya (then British East Africa), in the early 1900s. ...

There are some questions that Markham is the real author of her memoir West With The Night. According to the 1993 biography, "The Lives of Beryl Markham," by Errol Trzebinski, the book's real author was her third husband, the ghost writer and journalist Raoul Schumacher. Trzebinski also claimed that Beryl Markham had an advance from Houghton Mifflin to do a book on the famous international jockey Tod Sloan, that Raoul Schumacher was supposed to write. Apparently Schumacher never did, and she was forced to go it alone, resulting in a manuscript submission that the publisher rejected as worthless, and not from the same person who had written West With The Night. West With the Night is a memoir by Beryl Markham, chronicling her experiences growing up in Kenya (then British East Africa), in the early 1900s. ... Errol Trzebinski is an author of books on prominent individuals in the history of colonial Kenya including Silence Will Speak: A Study of the Life of Denys Finch Hatton and His Relationship With Karen Blixen (1977); The Kenya Pioneers: The Frontiersmen of an Adopted Land (1985); The Lives of Beryl... Houghton Mifflin Company is a leading educational publisher in the United States. ... The racecourse is a classical meeting point for the people of Chester. ... Tod Sloan Tod Sloan (August 10, 1874 - December 21, 1933) was an American thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame jockey. ...

Author Mary S. Lovell, who visited and stayed with Markham in Kenya shortly before Markham's death in 1986, expressed no doubts in Markham's biography that she was the sole author, although her third husband did edit the manuscript - but not in a major way. Ernest Hemingway was deeply impressed with Markham's writing, saying Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and journalist. ...

"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 as writers ... it really is a bloody wonderful book."

After living for many years in the United States, Markham moved back to Kenya in 1952, becoming, before her death in 1986, for a time, the most successful horse trainer in the country.

The IAU has named the impact crater Markham on the planet Venus after her. IAU is a three-letter acronym that denotes: International Astronomical Union International American University International Association of Universities International Association of Ultra Runners for ultramarathoners. ...

Markham touched the lifes of many people.


  1. ^ a b Beryl Markham, from Encyclopedia Britannica Student Edition, online.

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  • Markham, Beryl. West with the Night. New York: North Point Press, 1942, reprinted 1983. ISBN 0-86547-118-5.
  • Lovell, Mary S. Straight on Till Morning: The Biography of Beryl Markham St Martins Press, 1987. ISBN 0-312-01096-6
  • Trzebinski, Errol.The Lives of Beryl Markham. New York: W.W. Norton. 1993. ISBN 0-393-03556-5.

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