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Too close to the sun : the audacious life and times of Denys Finch Hatton

by Wheeler, Sara.

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Legendary for his good looks, his charm, and his prowess as a soldier, lover, and hunter, Denys Finch Hatton was born to an old aristocratic family. He became a hero without trying at Eton and Oxford. In 1910, searching for novelty and danger, Finch Hatton arrived in British East Africa and fell in... Full description

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Summary: Legendary for his good looks, his charm, and his prowess as a soldier, lover, and hunter, Denys Finch Hatton was born to an old aristocratic family. He became a hero without trying at Eton and Oxford. In 1910, searching for novelty and danger, Finch Hatton arrived in British East Africa and fell in love--with a continent, with a landscape, with a way of life that was about to change forever, as the outbreak of World War I engulfed the region. Finch Hatton was a captain when he met Karen Blixen in Nairobi and embarked on one of the great love affairs of the twentieth century. Biographer Wheeler teases out truth from fiction in the liaison that Blixen immortalized in Out of Africa. Ever restless, Finch Hatton became an expert bush pilot, leading to his affair with aviatrix Beryl Markham--but Markham was no more able to hold him than Blixen had been.--From publisher description.
Item Description: "Originally published in Great Britain by Jonathan Cape, London, in 2006"--T.p. verso.
Physical Description: xxii, 292 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [273]-276) and index.
ISBN: 1400060696 (acid-free paper)
1400060699
9781400060696
Author Notes: Like Denys Finch Hatton, Sara Wheeler was educated at Brasenose College, Oxford. Her books include Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica; Travels in a Thin Country ; and Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, all available from the Modern Library. When not traveling, Wheeler lives with her family in London.
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