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Too Close to the Sun: The Audacious Life and times of Denys Finch Hatton

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Chapter 1

OUT OF TRIM

I saw him first fingering a pistol in a Nairobi gun-shop, with the casual interest that men of action will show for such toys, and well I liked the look of his scholarly appearance, which had also about it the suggestion of an adventurous wanderer, of a man who had watched a hundred desert suns splash with gilt the white-walled cities of Somaliland. --llewelyn powys, Black Laughter, 1925 When he heard that denys finch hatton had been killed on the plains of Africa, Alan Parsons reflected that his friend had been like one of his forefathers of Elizabethan days--a man of action and a man of poetry. It was the first Sir Christopher Hatton who had raised the family to the sunlit uplands of the English aristocracy, and they languished there through the pleasant centuries while their nation prospered. Denys inherited the charm of his Elizabethan ancestor, but not his taste for the gilded baits of conventional success. A Northamptonshire man, ruffed and sharp-bearded, Sir Christopher had worked his way into court and dazzled Queen Elizabeth with his dancing. She showered him with money and honors until he was Lord Chancellor. At thirty-five, he was able to purchase Kirby Hall in East Northamptonshire, one of the great Elizabethan houses, a model of proportion replete with cupolas, pergolas, and ninety-two fireplaces. But Sir Christopher had many mansions, and for five years he was too busy to visit Kirby. By the time Denys was born three centuries later, the family was heading in the other direction (down), as his uncle George, the eleventh Earl of Winchilsea, had gambled away several fortunes. After disposing of most of the family paintings, he sold the lead from the roof of Kirby Hall. His widowed stepmother, meanwhile, was quietly bringing up three sons and a daughter at Haverholme Priory in Lincolnshire. Frances Fanny Rice became the tenth earl's third wife in 1849; their second son, Henry Stormont, was Denys's father. At Haverholme, Henry and his siblings grew to love the pared-down landscape and the winds that sped across the flatlands freighted with the chill of the North Sea. The three boys went out with their uncles, shooting partridge in the gravel pits, pigeons in Evedon Wood, and rabbits everywhere. They caught pike up and down the Slea and dace in the section between Haverholme Lock and Cobbler's Lock, and played golf and cricket in the park. (In the untroubled 1860s, the Priory had its own cricket team.) After boarding school Henry went up to Balliol, the Oxford college favored by the ancestral earls. At nineteen, his hollow-cheeked Renaissance face was framed by sideburns the color of sweet sherry. His nose was long and sharp, his eyes deep-set, and a prehensile mustache dipped and clung to his chin below his lower lip. Finch Hattons were speculators and adventurers. By the 1870s, young men from the landed gentry had started heading south to Australia--many were hired as jackaroos on the cattle stations--and after a year Henry gave up on Balliol and steamed to the subtropical northern tip of Queensland. He rode a horse down to Mackay, a huddle of shacks quietly sweltering among the sugar plantations 150 miles north of the Tropic of Capricorn. There he joined a maternal uncle who had sailed to Australia six years earlier. Knowing little of sugar, the pair determined to set themselves up as stockmen, an

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A portrait of the charismatic Denys Finch Hatton, the explorer, soldier, hunter, and lover immortalized in Out of Africa, documents the colorful life and times of the aristocrat known for his love affairs with aviatrix Beryl Markham and author Isak Dinesen, in a biography set against the backdrop of colonial British East Africa. 25,000 first printing.

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Like Denys Finch Hatton, Sara Wheeler was educated at Brasenose College, Oxford. Her books include Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica; Travels in a Thin Country; and Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, all available from the Modern Library. When not traveling, Wheeler lives with her family in London.

Table of 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588365996
Subtitle:
The Audacious Life and times of Denys Finch Hatton
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Sara Wheeler
Author:
Wheeler, Sara
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
Adventurers & Explorers
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
British
Subject:
British - Africa, East
Subject:
Africa, East History.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Africa-East Africa
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Travel Writing-Exploration
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070424
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
292

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"Synopsis" by , A portrait of the charismatic Denys Finch Hatton, the explorer, soldier, hunter, and lover immortalized in Out of Africa, documents the colorful life and times of the aristocrat known for his love affairs with aviatrix Beryl Markham and author Isak Dinesen, in a biography set against the backdrop of colonial British East Africa. 25,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Like Denys Finch Hatton, Sara Wheeler was educated at Brasenose College, Oxford. Her books include Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica; Travels in a Thin Country; and Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, all available from the Modern Library. When not traveling, Wheeler lives with her family in London.
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