Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

circling the sunBlurb from, please scroll down for my review

Paula McLain, author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller The Paris Wife, takes readers into the glamorous and decadent circle of British expats living in Kenya in the 1920s. Circling the Sun tells the story of the beautiful young horse trainer, adventurer, and aviator Beryl Markham, from her childhood in British East Africa to her relationship with hunter Denys Finch Hatton and rivalry with Out of Africa author Karen Blixen—a notorious love triangle that changed the course of Beryl’s life.

My Review

Such a romantic start, growing up in Kenya, before it was called Kenya, when it was called British East Africa. A harsh upbringing with only her father to take care of her for years as her mother and older brother had returned to England as she didn´t life it in Africa, but the lifestyle was suited to Beryl as she runs wide in the bush. Years go by and Beryl gets married young, from here the novel gets a bit stale, but the writing is good, there is nothing exciting or even interesting happening. The day to day life in the ex-pat community are explained and they are very close knit. Beryl finds her love for horses and she starts training race horses in a predominately male dominated world. Again time goes by and she starts flying, from here she goes on to be the first woman to fly from England to America. This is not an exciting book but if you enjoy reading about life in Kenya around the early 1900´s onwards this will be a delight for you.


paula maclainAbout the Author

Paula McLain has published two collections of poetry, “Less of Her” and “Stumble, Gorgeous,” both from New Issues Poetry Press, and a memoir entitled “Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses” (Little, Brown, 2003). “A Ticket to Ride,” is her debut novel from Ecco/HarperCollins. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan in 1996, and has since been a writer-in-residence at Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and The Ucross Foundation Residency Program, and received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. Individual poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals, including the Gettysburg Review, Antioch Review, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine. As well as teaching part-time at John Carroll University, she is a core faculty member in the low-residency MFA Program in Poetry at New England College.


About the Book

  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 28, 2015)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00R04GCMY

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