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The Lost History of the Lady Aeronauts (Kindle)

Social History Women of History Georgian Era 20th Century 18th Century

By Sharon Wright
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
File Size: 45.3 MB (.mobi)
Illustrations: 32 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781399005401
eBook Released: 4th June 2021


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From have-a-go Georgians to emancipated Edwardians, the lady aeronauts were actresses, writers, heiresses, scientists, engineers, explorers, showgirls and suffragettes. These unsung trailblazers for female freedom enjoyed lives shot through with sheer courage and joie de vivre. Yet they were all but forgotten. Hold on tight for a white-knuckle balloon ride through their remarkable real life stories…

Praise for Sharon Wright! -
"Sharon Wright tells a fabulous tale, and has uncovered some terrific stories of long forgotten heroines of the air. Some stories are comic, many are tragic, many are a bit of both, and she tells it brilliantly." Bristol Post

"A simply brilliant history that rescues from undeserved obscurity a roster of pioneering women in the very beginning of the age of aviation … an inherently fascinating and impressively informative read from cover to cover." Midwest Book Review

"You couldn’t want for a better antidote to pinkness than these tales of girls and women unleashing their pluck and inventiveness in the unregulated age of balloonomania… This is history at its most satisfying." Damesnet

"You don't need to be interested in ballooning or anything to enjoy this book - it is just a thoroughly entertaining read from a really good writer." Amazon review

"History has never been so much fun!" What’sHerName podcast

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Lovely, compelling and quite moving read about pioneering female aeronauts. Richard Holmes' book ' The age of wonder', had an entire section focussing on the early pioneers in aeronautics, all those fascinating balloon enthusiasts. This book focusses on all the women involved, and there were more than a few. It's incredible to think that at a time when women couldn't vote, couldn't get a proper education, there were women who were willing to take to the skies. The writer emphasises the economic conditions driving some to this as well, it was a way of putting food on the table , better in some ways than some options available. However, in most cases, the women were active participants in the venture, and in deciding the mechanics of their balloon. There are some tragedies ,of course, this was a very dangerous thing to attempt. The effort put into this is incredible, and each woman aeronaut is memorable. The author quotes from letters, contemporary news reports, local reportage and makes for very compelling reading.

NetGalley, Vansa David

The Lost History of the Lady Aeronauts by Sharon Wright is an absolutely fascinating look into the mostly forgotten world of the pioneering lady aeronauts during the very early days of aviation with hot-air ballooning. I've always enjoyed reading about women in aviation, especially in barnstorming and WWII but this was my first time reading about on these terms. It won't be the last though since there were so many intriguing figures to read about and the lives were really something else. I have a feeling you'll want to pick this up if you enjoyed The Aeronauts (2019) starring Felicity Jones and Eddy Redmayne.

NetGalley, Lauren Stoolfire

About Sharon Wright

Sharon Wright is a nonfiction author, journalist and playwright. She was born in West Yorkshire and lives in London. She has worked as a writer, editor and columnist for leading national magazines, newspapers and websites including The Guardian, Daily Express, BBC, Disney, Glamour, Red and Take a Break. Sharon is also the author of critically acclaimed plays performed in Yorkshire and London. The Mother of the Brontës, her biography of Maria Branwell, became a #1 Amazon bestseller. Sharon’s books have enjoyed widespread coverage, including BBC Woman’s Hour, the Mail on Sunday, Observer, Times, Daily Telegraph and New York Post.

Birth of Gertrude Bacon

19th April 1874

Gertrude Bacon, a pioneering English aeronaut, author and journalist was born in Cambridge on 19 April 1874.

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