Mark Vanhoenacker - Skyfaring (2nd Hand Paperback)
Sunday Times Bestseller. Book of the Week on Radio 4.
A 2015 Book of the Year - The Economist, The New York Times, GQ.
Think back to when you first flew. When you first left the Earth, and travelled high and fast above its turning arc. When you looked down on a new world, captured simply and perfectly through a window fringed with ice. When you descended towards a city, and arrived from the sky as effortlessly as daybreak.
In Skyfaring, airline pilot and flight romantic Mark Vanhoenacker shares his irrepressible love of flying, on a journey from day to night, from new ways of mapmaking and the poetry of physics to the names of winds and the nature of clouds.
Here, anew, is the simple wonder that remains at the heart of an experience which modern travellers, armchair and otherwise, all too easily take for granted: the transcendent joy of motion, and the remarkable new perspectives that height and distance bestow on everything we love.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Non-Fiction - Travel & Guidebooks
- Published : 2016
- ISBN : 9780099589863
- SKU : B000005
- PPC : SP390gm
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
'One of the most constantly fascinating, but consistently under-appreciated aspects of modern life is the business of flying. Mark Vanhoenacker has written the ideal book on the subject: a description of what it’s like to fly by a commercial pilot who is also a master prose stylist and a deeply sensitive human being. This is a man who is at once a technical expert - he flies 747's across continents - and a poet of the skies. This couldn’t be more highly recommended.' - Alain de Botton.
'Beautifully simply put. Vanhoenacker's prose has a functional eloquence that carries the reader along for the ride.' - Geoff Dyer, The Guardian.
'Reminds us of the magic of aviation . . . full of information that is wonderful in its simplicity.' - Erica Wagner, The New Statesman.
Mark Vanhoenacker is a Belgian-American airline pilot and author. He is a Boeing 787 pilot with British Airways and is also frequent contributor for the New York Times, Slate and the Financial Times with a focus on aviation.