FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON WWII: While WWII has been covered extensively, few books—if any—have looked at it from as unique and particular a point of view as Spoerry’s, a Frenchwoman who fought the enemy, then became the enemy, then fled the continent to become a pilot and a doctor. This book puts a well-known war into conversation with one woman’s remarkable, albeit little-known, personal journey.
ARMCHAIR TRAVEL: For the last forty years, Heminway has covered Africa extensively in both his writing and his filmmaking career. Just as Peter Godwin’s memoir of his time in Southern Africa, When a Crocodile Eats the Sun (Picador, 2008), captivated audiences, In Full Flight will take readers on a vivid journey through twentieth-century East Africa.
DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY: This is the first full-length, in-depth look at Anne Spoerry, and the author’s access to never-before-seen archives, as well as his years-long friendship with her, will make this the definitive story of her fascinating life.
COMPELLING STORYTELLING: Nonfiction that reads like fiction. Spoerry’s life, both in Europe and Africa, defies belief and appeals not only to readers of nonfiction but also to anyone interested in incredible stories.
“Captivating…tale of complex truths and motivations…. In Full Flight is a daring and devastating story.”—The Washington Post
“A narrative as riveting as it is disquieting.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Incredible…. An exceptionally compelling contemplation on life’s meaning, the nature of humanity, and whether atonement is achievable.”—Booklist (starred review)
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