Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot (Hardback)
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Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 02/04/2015
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**Sunday Times Bestseller** **Book of the Week on Radio 4** '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 747s across continents - and a poet of the skies. This couldn't be more highly recommended.' Alain de Botton 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. **A 2015 Book of the Year - The Economist, The New York Times, GQ and more**

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780701188665
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 494 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 32 mm


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"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 observed collection of details, scenes, emotions and facts from the world above the world" * The Economist *
"Mr Vanhoenacker, fortunately for his readers, has lost none of his sense of wonder at the miracle of flight itself... a beautifully observed collection 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
"A beauty. For so many flying has become humdrum: a bus journey to be endured then forgotten, not enjoyed and recalled. Vanhoenacker makes it wondrous again." -- David Sexton * Evening Standard *
"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 *
"[An] endlessly surprising, strikingly original book... combines intelligence and sensitivity with an "outward-looking introspection"" * Intelligent Life *
"Not since Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic Vol de Nuit...has there been such a fantastic book about flying... Skyfaring takes the genre to a whole new level. I found myself turning over the corners of almost every page with excitement and admiration" -- Giles Foden * Conde Nast Traveller *
"Engaging, even poetic...Vanhoenacker's passionate and beautifully written book will remind even the most jaded traveller of the wonder of flight" -- Ian Critchley * Sunday Times *
"An elegant meditation on how flying can lift the soul" * New York Times, Notable Books of 2015 *
"A longhaul airline pilot whose vision is unexpectedly poetic and romantic...what stood out for me was that sense of wonder up there...a rather lovely book" -- Libby Purves * Radio 4 *
"A poet of the skies to rival St Exupery... an author of real distinction with a genuinely poetic sensibility as well as a memorable turn of phrase... a perfect voice for a glorious subject... This really is a very good book" * The Spectator *
"...both a manual for infrequent flyers (wherein the physics and metaphysics of time and space are for once essayed in a perfectly straightforward manner) and a skilful meditation on the glories of traversing the earth at the helm of mankind's greatest technological achievement that - yes - flies from the page" -- Bill Prince * GQ *

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“The perfect book to take on holiday.”

Such wonderful detail and beautiful prose from Vanhoenacker, who has loved aeroplanes for as long as he can remember. His real love affair began when the vice president of Boeing helped him out with a school project -... More

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“Excellent entrance into the world of pilots and flying large planes”

Mark Vanhoenacker is an American (but living in London) who flies Boing 747s for British Airways. He is an observant, curious and literate pilot with a poet’s heart. In this very satisfying book he describes the... More

Paperback edition
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“Skyfaring”

This is a lovely read, highly informative yet relaxed in style. Vanhoenacker's passion for aviation comes across powerfully but he never seems strident. As you can probably tell I loved it.

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