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True At First Light
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  • Published: 7 April 2000
  • ISBN: 9780099282129
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $19.99

True At First Light


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Written when Hemingway returned from his 1953 safari, and edited by his son Patrick, True at First Light is a rich blend of autobiography and fiction, a breathtaking final work from one of this century's most beloved and important writers.

Written when Hemingway returned from his 1953 safari, and edited by his son Patrick, TRUE AT FIRST LIGHT is a rich blend of autobiography and fiction, a breathtaking final work from one of this century's most beloved and important writers. The book opens on the day Hemingways' close friend, Pop, a legendary hunter, leaves him in charge of the camp. Meanwhile, tensions are heightening among the various tribes and news arrives of a potential attack. Hemingway must take on his new role as leader and, of equal importance, assist his wife Mary to pursue the great lion she is determined to kill before Christmas. Passionately detailing the African landscape, the thrill of the hunt, and the heartfelt relationships with his African neighbours, Hemingway, a master of dramatic fiction, weaves a tale that is rich in laughter, beauty and insight. TRUE AT FIRST LIGHT is an extraordinary and powerful novel from one of the twentieth-century's greatest writers.

  • Pub date: 7 April 2000
  • ISBN: 9780099282129
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899. His father was a doctor and he was the second of six children. Their home was at Oak Park, a Chicago suburb.

In 1917, Hemingway joined the Kansas City Star as a cub reporter. The following year, he volunteered as an ambulance driver on the Italian front, where he was badly wounded but decorated for his services. He returned to America in 1919, and married in 1921. In 1922, he reported on the Greco-Turkish war before resigning from journalism to devote himself to fiction. He settled in Paris where he renewed his earlier friendships with such fellow-American expatriates as Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein. Their encouragement and criticism were to play a valuable part in the formation of his style.

Hemingway's first two published works were Three Stories and Ten Poems and In Our Time but it was the satirical novel, The Torrents of Spring, that established his name more widely. His international reputation was firmly secured by his next three books; Fiesta, Men Without Women and A Farewell to Arms.

He was passionately involved with bullfighting, big-game hunting and deep-sea fishing and his writing reflected this. He visited Spain during the Civil War and described his experiences in the bestseller, For Whom the Bell Tolls.

His direct and deceptively simple style of writing spawned generations of imitators but no equals. Recognition of his position in contemporary literature came in 1954 when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, following the publication of The Old Man and the Sea. He died in 1961.

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Praise for True At First Light

“This is writing of a high order; sympathetic, luminous, hypnotic, humane”

Caledonia

“Captures the beauty of the African landscape and the thrill of the hunt, in true Hemingway style”

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