Powder Puff Derby
Heroines of the Skies
By (author) Mike Walker
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Powder Puff Derby by Mike Walker
Book DescriptionThis book follows the early years of women aviators from the end of World War I through the madcap years of the 1920s to the establishment of aviation as a serious part of defense and commercial activities during World War II. Award--winning writer Mike Walker writes about a time of immense social and technical change that radically transformed the position of women and became the golden years for the development of aviation.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780470851418
(199mm x 132mm x 25mm)
Imprint: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 25-May-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Mike Walker
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Bad Company, Paperback (April 2009)
When Danny's mother is taken ill, he is shipped off to Indonesia to spend the summer with his father, whom he barely knows. But his dad keeps some bad company and Danny soon finds himself caught up in piracy and people smuggling aboard a rusty old container ship in the Indian Ocean.
Quaternary Dating Methods, Paperback (April 2005)
Presented in a clear and straightforward manner with the minimum of technical detail, this introductory textbook introduces the basics of dating, the range of techniques available and the strengths and limitations of each of the principal methods.
Long Way Home, Hardback (April 2005)» View all books by Mike Walker
Mike Walker takes us on a journey from a tiny village in Cornwall, through the criminal stews of Georgian London, to the hold of a disease--ridden convict ship and on to the far end of the Earth.
UK Kirkus Review » Flying was still a fairly new and risky business in the 1920s and as such a bastion of male-domination. However, a disparate group of adventurous women had little time for such concerns and soon found ways of joining men in the skies. Hard work, great courage, (even recklessness), and a blatant flaunting of convention and decorum brought them the success and noteriorty they craved. The women varied in social status, nationality and personality, but all passionately desired the freedom of the skies and the fame wrought by their record-breaking stunts. Script-writer Mike Walker has produced an interesting and lively account of these women's lives, including the story of Pancho Barnes, the colourful clergman's wife, of Amy Johnson, Hull's down-to-earth daughter, and of media darling Amelia Earhart. All the women mentioned by Walker succeeded against the odds to prove, despite claims to the contrary, that dames could and would pilot planes. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Mike Walker
Mike Walker is a highly experienced, script writer of drama and documentary for film, radio and television. He has won several Sony Awards for Best Play as well as a Royal Television Society Gold Medal and other awards including ones from the Society of Authors and Writers Guild. He has also written several novels and non--fiction works and teaches creative writing at Morley College London.
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