Straight on Till Morning

The Life of Beryl Markham

Mary S. Lovell (Author)


The New York Times bestseller: “Every page is filled with revelations, gossip and fascinating details about Markham.”—Diane Ackerman, The New York Times Book Review

Born in England and raised in Kenya, Beryl Markham was a notorious beauty. She trained race horses and had scandalous affairs, but she is most remembered for being a pioneering aviatrix. She became the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean and the first person to make it from London to New York nonstop. In Mary S. Lovell’s definitive biography, Beryl takes on new life—vividly portrayed by a master biographer whose knowledge of her subject is unparalleled.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • May 2011
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33915-4
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 421 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“An engrossing biography of a legendary beauty and achiever who lived fully her 84 years.” — Publishers Weekly

“[Lovell] has a genuine affection for her subject. This makes fascinating reading about a woman whose feats would be difficult to duplicate.” — School Library Journal

“An extraordinary story.” — John Skow,

“Lovell manages to pinpoint and dissect the essential character of an elusive and unconventional adventurer.” — Booklist

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