Book Review: The Infinite Air, by Fiona Kidman, and One Summer: America 1927, by Bill Bryson

Both books are currently available in bookstores.

Human flight is extraordinary. It’s easy to forget, these days, when commercial flying has become as monotonous as commuting. But to fling ourselves into the sky, to zoom at speed through the air, and to safely land in the place we were aiming for – these are spectacular acts.

Two books recently published bring this to life: The Infinite Air by Fiona Kidman, and One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson (both from Random House). The former is a novel about pioneering Kiwi aviator Jean Batten, the latter is a pop history of the USA in 1927, the year Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic. They’re both excellent.

Opening a Bill Bryson book is like settling cv_one_summer_america_1927down with an old friend for a long, luxurious chat. His books are always packed full of interesting information, but he…

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