Too Close to the Sun
By Sara Wheeler
[pounds sterling]18.99 Jonathan Cape
Denys Finch Hatton was an aristocrat of leonine nonchalance. He was 6-foot 3-inches tall, and once lifted a car out of a ditch unaided. After a dazzling career at Eton and Oxford, he sailed in 1910 for British East Africa. There, in this earthly paradise, he first had an affair with the pantherine aviatrix Beryl Markham, and then--famously--with Karen Blixen, a romance immortalised in her book 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."
Too Close to the Sun tells the true story of this now legendary love affair, and recreates in telling detail the life of one of the key figures in the mythic...