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  • The Infinite Air
  • Fiona Kidman
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  • 28 October 2020
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The Infinite Air Read µ 0 Fiona Kidman ¿ 0 Read An's flying adventures She suddenly slipped out of view disappearing to the Caribbean with her mother and eventually dying in Majorca buried in a pauper's grave Fiona Kidman's enthralling novel delves into the life of this enigmatic woman It is a fascinating exploration of early aviation of fame and of secrecyFiona Kidman is a Dame and an OBE for her services to New Zealand literatu. 35 Stars AudibookA great adventure story to listen to uaint Kiwi pre 1930s sensibilities in the narration This novel is a fictional recount of the life of New Zealand early aviator Jean Batten and her uest to fly her small plane from the UK back to NZ She s depicted as uite a selfish Miss looking for funds with no intention refunding but she is also committed to her cause Ending up living in Jamaica and rubbing shoulders with interesting historical figures as she recounts her WW2 treatment is an excellent way to wrap up this novel The narrator kept in engaged throughout which was excellent for uite a long fictional audiobook

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The Infinite Air

The Infinite Air Read µ 0 Fiona Kidman ¿ 0 Read T enough of herIn 1934 she broke Amy Johnson's flight time between England and Australia by six days The following year she was the first woman to make the return flight In 1936 she made the first ever direct flight between England and New Zealand and then the fastest ever trans Tasman flight Jean Batten stood for adventure daring exploration and glamourThe Second World War ended Je. This novel about Jean Batten is an exploration of the pioneering New Zealand aviator and her life Fiona Kidman s writing flows seemingly effortlessly making it easy to read and is a fine example of a skilled writer who uses her craft to best advantage The language is authentic of the period and there is a good balance between dialogue action and description The author portrays Jean Batten sympathetically while remaining true to the attitudes of the time about gender race and class Batten s will to succeed at flying is tremendous she s a true Kiwi heroine and role model I knew next to nothing about her before reading the book now I ve been enlightened about her life through this engaging story

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The Infinite Air Read µ 0 Fiona Kidman ¿ 0 Read Kidman couldn't produce a poor paragraph if she tried to and this is a narrative that I have to say it takes wing New Zealand HeraldThe rise and fall of the 'Garbo of the skies' as told by one of New Zealand's finest novelistsJean Batten became an international icon in 1930s A brave beautiful woman she made a number of heroic solo flights across the world The newspapers couldn't ge. The Infinite Air is a novel that brings together much that is known about the international aviation legend Jean Batten and through research letters radio excerpts brings her character and personality to life in a understanding and compassionate way than some of the judgemental depictions of her in the past views that hastened to depict her as a gold digger due to her adept success at raising the necessary funds to support her desire to break long haul aviation recordsShe was New Zealand s most famous aviator celebrated around the world in the 1930 s as she attempted record breaking solo flights from England to Australia and back one of the few who survived such daring escapades though sadly she would die in relative obscurity in Majorca Spain buried in a pauper s grave without anyone from her native New Zealand aware of the loss of this great female legendFiona Kidman brings the story back to Jean Batten s birth in Rotorua New Zealand in September 1909 and the symbolic reference and future inspiration of a photograph her mother pinned above her cot in 1910 of the French aviator Louis Bl riot the first man to fly the English Channel It was an image lodged early in her young mind and the seed of a passion that would consume her totally as a young adultJean Batten was the only daughter of the family with two older brothers one she was close to in childhood though the disintegration of the family when her mother could no longer support her husband s infidelities created a distance between between the siblings as well as the parents She would eventually lose contact with her family and country except the constant companion and guidance of her mother when she moved permanently to live in EuropeAs a child and a young adult she did well in school and was passionate about dance and played classical piano Although her mother had financial difficulties after separating from her husband she did her best to keep her daughter in a good school and to pursue those interests Jean excelled at all activities but there was only one that she dreamed of to the point of obsession and would become her sole purpose for the short period she was able to pursue itShe was on her way to becoming a successful concert pianist a career her father supported though she nurtured that flame of interest in aviation when her true passion was ignited by news of Charles Lindbergh s solo non stop crossing of the Atlantic Ocean In 1929 she travelled with her mother to Australia and met flew with and developed a friendship with the aviator Charles Kingsford Smith From that moment on she became obsessed with wanting to fly and create world records encouraged by her motherIn early 1930 she sold her piano to fund a passage to England where she joined a London Aeroplane Club obtained her pilot s licence and set about uickly to challenge the record for a solo flight from England to Australia first set by the English pilot Amy Johnson She made friends and attracted suitors at the Club and through her connections managed to acuire herself an aircraft an astonishing feat given how she and her mother struggled to maintain the social status they aspired towards They were not wealthy they were eually determined and driven by Jean s ambition to succeedJean Batten was renowned for her navigation skills and was a confident flyer something that might be said about most aviators attempting solo records at the time they had to prepare well and to be prepared to take great risks to fly with the knowledge that if anything went wrong death or luck were the likely outcomesIn flying I found the two things that meant everything to me the intoxicating drug of speed and the freedom to roam the earth I knew I was destined to be a wanderer Jean Batten Narration from Batten s unpublished memoirsIn her first two attempts at the record Batten got into trouble The first flight she became caught in a sandstorm over the desert in Ira landed and slept under the wing She continued on but experienced engine failure and crash landed near Karachi wrecking the planeHer next attempt after obtaining the sponsorship of Charles Wakefield of Castrol Oil who funded a second hand gypsy moth after landing in Marseille to refuel she was warned not to continue due to the weather but was determined to continue the authorities refused to help her start the engine then forbade her to depart without signing an indemnity making her fully responsible for the conseuencesIt was an attitude she became used to confronting she didn t hesitate to sign it and took off into the headwind of a blustery storm with limited visibility heading for Rome Her engine spluttering out of fuel she was preparing to crash in the sea when the lights of the city appeared enabling her to navigate her way to a semi successful crash landing one that clipped her wings which would reuire replacing and in ten days she was back in England setting off for her third and ultimately successful attemptDame Fiona Kidman the New Zealand author of than 20 novels has chosen to fictionlise the story of Jean Batten s life in order to bring out of her character and the early years of her life that contributed to her passion For a young woman who did not come from a wealthy family who was not married though she was engaged a few times her successes were and extraordinary accomplishment that were marred only by the onset of World War 2 when her plane was confiscated and perhaps even so by certain tragedies that touched her life and dramatically altered its courseThe novel pays a fitting tribute to this lost heroine of the skies and sees past that driven aspect of her character that is too often portrayed as a negative characteristic in a woman particularly of that era she lived inEvery flyer who ventures across oceans to distant lands is a potential explorer in his or her breast burns the same fire that urged the adventurers of old to set forth in their sailing ships for foreign lands Riding through the air on silver wings instead of sailing the seas with white wings he must steer his own course for the air is uncharted and he must therefore explore for himself the strange eddies and currents of the ever changing sky in its many moodsJean Batten