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Balloonomania Belles (Hardback)

Daredevil Divas who First Took to the Sky

Social History Women of History

By Sharon Wright
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 175
ISBN: 9781526708342
Published: 26th February 2018


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As featured in the Mail on Sunday (February 2018), read the full article online here.

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Balloonomania Belles reveals the astonishing stories of the fabulous female pioneers of balloon flight. More than a century before the first aeroplane women were heading for the heavens in crazy, inspired contraptions that could bring death or glory and all too often, both. Award-winning journalist Sharon Wright reveals their hair-raising adventures in a book that brings the stories of the feisty female ballooning heroines together for the first time.

Women were in the vanguard of the “Balloonomania” craze that took hold in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and swept across Europe then the world. Their exploits were a vital element of our first voyages into the sky. When women’s options were often severely limited by law and convention they managed to join the exhilarating quest for spectacle, adventure and danger among the clouds.

Many of the brightest stars of this extraordinary era of human flight were women. From the perilous ascent in 1784 by feisty French teenager Elisabeth Thible, female aeronauts have never looked back… or down. Who were these brave women who took to the air when it was such an incredibly dangerous and scandalous thing to do? Sharon Wright brings together in one book the show-stopping stories of the very first flying women.

Click here to read author guest blog, Unearthing the lost history of the lady aeronauts, as featured by

Family Tree, 7th March 2018

I love the incredible exploits of these wonderfully daring female aviators. They were flamboyant, unconventional and courageous at a time when women had little opportunity to exploit their talents on the ground. As a fellow hot-air balloon pilot I understand their joy of merging with the wind and the sky, but without the risks these early pioneers dared to take.

Carolinda Witt, balloonist and author of Double Agent Celery: MI5’s Crooked Spy

As featured in

Mail on Sunday 24/2/18

About Sharon Wright

Sharon Wright is an award-winning journalist and playwright. She was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, and now lives in South West London with her family. She has worked as a writer, editor and columnist for leading national magazines, newspapers and websites. These include The Guardian, Daily Express, BBC, Disney, Glamour, Red and Take a Break. She is also the author of critically acclaimed plays performed in Yorkshire and London, including Friller about balloonist Lily Cove.

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