Books: Force Of Nature STRAIGHT ON TILL MORNING: THE BIOGRAPHY OF BERYL MARKHAM

Among the details of her astonishing life that Beryl Markham did not bother to mention in her vivid and quirky autobiographical memoir West with the Night were her three marriages, the existence of a son and her married name. In her recollections, which were republished four years ago and became a best seller after a PBS documentary last year on her life, she left out her volcanic love affairs, which seem to have numbered in the dozens and included alliances with such notable gents as Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, and Conductor Leopold Stokowski.

She successfully discarded the supporting cast and...

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