Amy Johnson: Enigma in the Sky by David Luff

Amy Johnson: Enigma in the Sky by David Luff soon to be presented for sale on the sparkling BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: Shrewsbury: Airlife Publishing Ltd., 2002, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: Adoration surrounded Amy Johnson throughout most of the 1930s, Around the world men and women admired this young girl who had flown solo from England to Australia in a small single-engined biplane, a girl with less than one hundred hours flying experience. And yet there were many enigmas about her short life the final one concerning her mysterious death.

Born into an average middle class family she led the typical life of her generation and had moderate success in education. Nevertheless, in an age when true emancipation was not the norm for women, she proved to be forceful and single-minded in many circumstances. At an early age she fell in love with a man several years her senior and pursued him relentlessly for six long years. Finally he left her She was distraught and turned to aviation as if on the rebound, Now, this hopeless romantic turned her hand to becoming a pilot and ground engineer this in an age when only a handful of women could fly and aviation was held to be a male-only domain.

Her aviation successes soon brought her to the public eye and she was feted wherever she went and entered the realms of a Hollywood-like existence with the rich and famous. In 1932 she married the flamboyant aviator Jim Mollison, also an aviation legend. For six years they made record-breaking flights together and lived the high life of the 30s. But Mollison had a roving eye and a healthy thirst, and the marriage eventually failed in 1938. This was now a period of reflection for Amy, who desperately wanted escape from the whirl of a public life and yet pined for continued admiration for her flying skills.

When World War Two finally arrived Amy was eager to fly to help the war effort. She eventually found a post as pilot in the Air Transport Auxiliary and it was whilst ferrying a twin-engined aircraft in 1941 that both she and the aircraft vanished. There have been many theories about her mysterious death, but this book offers a new solution to what actually happened on Amys final flight.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 368 pages. Index. 9½” x 6¼”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I fascinate you with a carefully selected medley hither or maybe further, hand picked, books in my Biography catalogue?

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