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A Daily Mail and the Spectator Book of the Year (2017)

'Perfect inflight reading ... Brilliant' The Sunday Times

'This couldn't be more highly recommended' Alain de Botton

'Explains simply and clearly the abiding mysteries of flight' Daily Mail

'A work of humorous and outright poetic travel geekery' National Geographic Traveler

'Illuminates the practical reality of piloting in a concise and useful manner' Times Literary Supplement

Do something amazing and learn a new skill thanks to the short and sweet 'Little Ways to Live a Big Life' books. By the author of the acclaimed international bestseller Skyfaring, the Economist's 'Best book of the Year' and a New York Times 'Notable Book', and a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week

So, hello! Welcome! Honestly, you look surprisingly relaxed. That's great to see. Have a seat on the left side of the cockpit - that's the captain's seat. Yes, that's right, you're now the captain, and yes, that's the runway down there. Fasten your seatbelt, order yourself a cup of tea, and let's get cracking.

Mark Vanhoenacker, the airline pilot who makes poetry out of the science of flight technology, hands over the controls. Walking and talking us through the nitty-gritty of an approach and touchdown, he builds our understanding of flight from the ground up (or rather from the sky down), offering a new perspective of one of the more challenging and rewarding tasks ever.

 

Details

ISBN: 9781529410525
Series: Little Ways to Live a Big Life
Audience: General
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 64
Publication Date: 10 Sep 2020
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 18.4(H) x 11.4(L) x 1(W)
Weight (gm): 123

 

Reviews

perfect inflight reading...brilliant * The Sunday Times *
In our relentless pursuit of a fulfilled life, we've become a knowledge-hungry nation. The Little Ways To Live A Big Life series will feed your yearning for learning * Red Magazine *
Vanhoenacker is a remarkable writer. In Skyfaring he reveals his passion for flight, the mechanics of planes, the weightless, meaningful geography of the skies and the scent of the cities he flies to. He creates a still, almost poetic point in the turning, travelling world. This mesmerising book will make you view the world differently. All aboard! -- Helen Davies * Sunday Times *
[An] ode to the wonder of flight in the tradition of the great pioneer pilot-author Antoine de Saint Exupery and Charles Lindbergh... flying remains a magical business -- Charles Bremner * The Times *
Mr Vanhoenacker, fortunately for his readers, has lost none of his sense of wonder at the miracle of flight itself... a beautifully observedcollection of details, scenes, emotions and facts from the world above the world * the Economist *
A description of what it's like to fly by a commercial pilot who is also a master prose stylist... This is a man who is at once a technical expert - he flies 747s across continents - and a poet of the skies. This couldn't be more highly recommended -- Alain de Botton

 

Author Biography

Mark Vanhoenacker is a Senior First Officer for British Airways, flying Boeing 747s to major cities around the world.Skyfaring, his first book about airline flying, was a huge international bestseller.
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