Too Close To The Sun
The Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton
A brilliant new biography by the acclaimed author of Cherry and Terra Incognita.
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 - still then the land of the pioneer. Sara Wheeler reveals the truth behind his love affairs with the glamorous aviatrix Beryl Markham, and - 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'.
Praise for Too Close To The Sun
A fascinating story of a man trying to outrun the social upheavals of the twentieth centuryHerald
A good story... a fitting memorialObserver
A richly, indeed sensually atmospheric book... Wheeler writes in headily evocative styleSunday Telegraph
An engrossing bookHilary Spurling, Daily Telegraph
She dazzles the reader with an evocation of time and place.. her description of the east Africa Campaign is detailed and enthrallingKeith Dovkants, Scotsman
She writes beautifully, with a vivid turn of phrase, a sound grasp of history and an impish humourAndrew Lycett, Sunday Times
The fruit of prodigious research... There will be no better life of this legendary EnglishmanDaily Mail
There is a wealth of engaging anecdote... A vividly enjoyable biographyTimes Literary Supplement
Wheeler has made excellent use of the sources at hand... Moreover, Wheeler writes well, and has a gift - shared by only very few - for pinning down the smells and atmosphere of the African landscapeLiterary Review