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

Author: Sara Wheeler
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2009, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Random House Trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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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 love--with a continent, with a landscape, with a way of life that was about to change forever, as the outbreak of World  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Denys George Finch Hatton; Denys George Finch Hatton
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sara Wheeler
ISBN: 9780812968927 0812968921
OCLC Number: 424510451
Notes: "Originally published in Great Britain by Jonathan Cape, London, in 2006"--Title page verso.
Description: xxii, 292 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Out of trim --
Take your hat off, Hatton --
Into Africa --
Huns in the jungle --
Babylon, Mespot --
Iraq --
My wife's lover --
Daniel --
Stunting --
Ariel --
Too close to the sun.
Responsibility: Sara Wheeler.
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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 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.

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