A new edition ofÂ a great, underappreciated classic of our timeBeryl Markhamâ€™s West with the Night is a true classic, a book that deserves the same acclaim and readership as the work of her contemporaries Ernest Hemingway, Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry, and Isak Dinesen.Â Â Â Â If the first responsibility of a memoirist is to lead a life worth writing about, Markham succeeded beyond all measure. Born Beryl Clutterbuck in the middle of England, she and her father moved to Kenya when she was a girl, and she grew up with a zebra for a pet; horses for friends; baboons, lions, and gazelles for neighbors. She made money by scouting elephants from a tiny plane. And she would spend most of the rest of her life in East Africa as an adventurer, a racehorse trainer, and an aviatrixâ€”she became the first person to fly nonstop from Europe to America, the first woman to fly solo east to west across the Atlantic. Hers was indisputably a life full of adventure and beauty.Â Â Â Â And then there is the writing. When Hemingway read Markhamâ€™s book, he wrote to his editor, Maxwell Perkins: â€śShe has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer . . . [She] can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves as writers . . . It isÂ really a bloody wonderful book.â€ťÂ Â Â Â With a new introduction by Sara Wheelerâ€”one of Markhamâ€™s few legitimate literary heirsâ€”West with the Night should once again take its place as one of the worldâ€™s great adventure stories.