Circling the Sun

Publisher: Anchor Canada
"Paula McLain cements herself as the writer of historical fictional memoir, giving vivid voice to Beryl Markham, a singular, extraordinary woman. Markham crackles to life, and we readers truly understand what made a woman so far ahead of her time believe she had the power to soar."--Jodi Picoult


Paula McLain, author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller The Paris Wife, now transports readers to 1920s Kenya. Circling the Sun breathes life into a fearless and captivating young woman--Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator whose passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa, awakens Beryl to her truest self and her fate: to fly.

PRAISE FOR

National Bestseller
A New York Times Bestseller
An Amazon Best Book of the Year

A Kobo Best Book of 2015
A Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year
An NPR Best Book of 2015
Nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction 

"Paula McLain cements herself as THE writer of historical fictional memoir with Circling the Sun, giving vivid voice to Beryl Markham, a singular, extraordinary woman whose name we all know—and whose story we don't. . . . In McLain's confident hands, Markham crackles to life, and we readers truly understand what made a woman so far ahead of her time believe she had the power to soar." —Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Time

"What's certain is that the reluctantly earthbound armchair reader will cherish this gift for the hidden adventurer in all of us. Like Africa as it's so gorgeously depicted here, this novel will never let you go." —Boston Globe

"Beautifully written. . . . An emotional vacation to a fascinating moment in world history." —Allison Williams, actress on HBO's GirlsInStyle

"Paula McLain has created a voice that is lush and intricate to evoke a character who is enviably brave and independent. . . . Soaring high over the Atlantic at the age of 28, [Beryl Markham] finally embraces the freedom she seeks when she learns to defy gravity." —NPR Books

"A full-throttle dive into the psyche and romantic attachments of Beryl Markham—whose 1936 solo flight across the Atlantic in a two-seater prop plane (carrying emergency fuel in the extra seat) transfixed the world. . . . Ernest Hemingway, who met Markham on safari two years before her Atlantic crossing, tagged her as 'a high-grade bitch' but proclaimed her 1942 memoir West with the Night 'bloody wonderful.' Readers might even say the same of McLain’s sparkling prose and sympathetic reimagining." ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Vigorous, swift and spangled with spectacular imagery. . . . Intricate and ambitious, with a huge cast of characters and luscious descriptions." —The Independent (UK)

"An insightful and engrossing read . . . Circling the Sun is a fascinating look inside colonial Kenya and is an even more impressive look at an overlooked but unforgettable figure from history, a woman who lived life on her own terms and a character who will stick in your head for a long time." —Bustle

"Paula McLain brings Beryl [Markham] to glorious life, portraying a woman with a great many flaws that seem to result from her zest for life and inability to follow the roles expected of women in the 1920s and '30s. . . . A sprawling novel." —St. Louis Post-Dispatch 


From the Hardcover edition.