Long Flight Home

Lainie Anderson, softcover, 358 pages, Wakefield Press, Mile End, South Australia, 2019.

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Long Flight Home

Lainie Anderson, softcover, 358 pages, Wakefield Press, Mile End, South Australia, 2019.

Something a little different for the Avonmore Books list! The publisher's pitch below describes Long Flight Home as a historical novel. However, this book gets a lot correct on the non-fiction side of the ledger too. It brings the 1919 air race to life, as well as describing the exploits of No. 1 Squadron, AFC, in the Middle East where three of the Vimy crew (Ross Smith, Shiers and Bennett) served together. The author, Lainie Anderson, won a Churchill Fellowship to study the race and received much technical advice on the military and aviation aspects of the story. I really enjoyed this read and learned plenty about a truly fascinating period of aviation history. - Peter Ingman

The First World War is over and air mechanic Wally Shiers has
promised to return home to his fiancée, Helena Alford. But Wally
never reckoned on charismatic fighter pilot Ross Smith, and an
invitation to compete in the world's most audacious air race.
A £10,000 prize has been offered for the first airmen to fly from
England to Australia. Smith is banking on an open-cockpit Vickers
Vimy, a biplane with a fuselage that looks ominously like a coffin.
And who can resist a hero? Wally writes to Helena to say he won't
be home for another year - and the love of his life is left holding
her hand-stitched wedding dress ...
Using war diaries, letters and Churchill Fellowship research from
along the race route, Long Flight Home recreates one of the most
important - and largely forgotten - chapters in world aviation
history.
Lainie Anderson's ambitious and moving novel is told through her
narrator, Wally Shiers. The tale spans the decades and crosses the
globe, and at his journey's end we're left peering down from an
open cockpit on two beacons of truth. There is no heroism without
honour. There is no legacy without love.

 

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