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Alexander Frater's book is about a largely forgotten group of young men who, early in the 20th century, competed to build and fly Britain's first aeroplane. At the heart of his story lies the Balloon Factory, a cathedral-sized shed overlooking Farnborough Common, and its most celebrated occupant, the remarkable long-haired gun-toting ex-cowboy, Sam Cody.
Frater, in a work that is part-history, part-travelogue, goes in search of some of the most extraordinary pioneers, including Sam Cody, John William Dunne, Sir George Cayley and Geoffrey De Havilland. His richly described and wonderfully anecdotal journey brings those magnificent men – the rock stars of their time – and the places they knew vibrantly to life.
About the Author
Alexander Frater has contributed to various UK publications. As chief travel correspondent of the Observer, he won an unprecedented number of British Press Travel Awards. He lives in London.
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Published: 1st May 2009
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.213