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Description - Too Close To The Sun by Sara Wheeler

Conservationist, scholar, soldier, white hunter and fabled lover Denys Finch Hatton was an aristocrat of leonine nonchalance. After a dazzling career at Eton and Oxford, he sailed in 1910 for British East Africa. There he first had an affair with the glamorous aviatrix Beryl Markham, and then famously with Karen Blixen, a romance immortalised in her memoir Out of Africa. No one who ever met him, his Times obituary concluded, whether man or woman, old or young, white or black, failed to come under his spell. Too Close to the Sun is a story of big guns and small planes, princes from England and sultans from Zanzibar, marauding lions, syphilis, self-destruction and the tragedy of the human heart. Sara Wheeler tracks her quarry from a dreamlike Edwardian childhood in a Lincolnshire mansion through to the battlefields of the East African campaign one of the last remaining untold stories of the First World War. An elusive hero in the mythic story of the British settlers in East Africa, Finch Hatton was the open road made flesh, and Wheeler uses his biography to illuminate a generation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099450276
ISBN-10: 0099450275
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 19mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 9-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Sara Wheeler

Sara Wheeler is the author of four previous books. She lives in London.

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