19 MARCH 1943, Page 22

West with the Night. By Beryl Markham (Harrap. 9s.) This

story of Beryl Markham's life in Africa can be highly recom- mended to readers who appreciate adventures that range from being mauled by a lion in childhood to training race-horses, flying the mail and then achieving an Atlantic solo flight (East to West) in 1936. A course of Mary Kingsley would be a prophylactic against outbreaks of literary purple spots but as evidence of courage and independence of conventional frills this record can stand up to comparison across the generations.