Episode 16: Paula McLain on Our Female Heroines from the Past

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One might think it would be hard to follow the phenomenal best-seller The Paris Wife (not to mention the pressure for another hit!) but Paula McLain has done it again with her latest transporting African adventure Circling the Sun. Paula returns to the 1920s, a period she re-created in all its dazzling irreverence in The Paris Wife, with a new and rugged canvas; colonial British Kenya.

Circling the Sun draws its inspiration from the trailblazing horse trainer and aviatrix Beryl Markham and her ongoing quest for freedom. The book, like Markham’s life, also comes rife with scandals and love affairs that will keep you reading into the wee hours of the night.

We hope you enjoy this conversation. You’ll be pining for Africa and a glass of champagne after this one!

xoxoox Angie

Paula McLain is the author of the novels Circling the Sun, The Paris Wife (about Hemingway’s first wife Hadley Richardson), and  A Ticket to Ride. She has also written a memoir, Like Family: Growing up in Other People’s Houses and two books of poetry.

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Buy Circling the Sun on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or at your local independent bookstore.