The African stories of Beryl Markham - compiled and introduced by Mary S. Lovell
The Splendid Outcast (Century Hutchinson, London) Publication date 1987 Hardback
ISBN 0 09 172604 2
The Splendid Outcast (North Point Press, San Francisco) Publication date 1987 Hardback
ISBN 0 86547 301 3
The Splendid Outcast (Arena, London) Publication date 1988 Paperback
ISBN 009962 300 5
Beryl Markham's African Stories, never before collected, were written in the 1940s, after her classic memoir WEST WITH THE NIGHT - now an international bestseller.
Some of the stories are autobiographical, covering episodes that were not contained in that remarkable work; some are fictional - and all are richly romantic.
Markham writes about the things she knows racehorses, flying, the Masai, even a beautiful young aviatrix - and sets her stories in the glorious African settings which she loved so well and evoked with such timeless mastery. She is, with Karen Blixen and Elspeth Huxley, one of the great chroniclers of life in colonial Kenya between the wars.
One of the arguments by those who sought to prove that Beryl was not the actual author of her splendid memoir, was the belief that 'she never wrote anything else'. Mary S. Lovell scotches this contention by bringing together a collection of short stories written by Beryl in the same vein as West with the Night. Lovell discovered these stories while researching for her best-selling biography of Markham, and now that Markham herself is dead, no one is better equipped to introduce them.