MAN WITH HIS HEAD IN THE CLOUDS: James Sadler


MAN WITH HIS HEAD IN THE CLOUDS: James Sadler

RICHARD O. SMITH    Book Number: 84514    Product format: Hardback

Suffering from acute acrophobia and also a bathmophobic - a fully functioning adult who is afraid of stairs - Richard O. Smith emanates from Oxford's Town not Gown and his admiration for an historic balloonist culminates in him replicating the first flight ever, over Oxford. It is the story of how an uneducated Oxford pastry cook became the first Englishman to fly in a self-built balloon powered by primitive and potentially lethal hydrogen. Despite taking off in Force 8 gales, crashing into hills and plopping into the Irish Sea, James Sadler became a rare pioneering aeronaut to survive such perilous ascents. However his son was not so fortunate as his balloon collided fatally with a chimney. Sadler advanced the scientific evolution of lighter-than-air flight and took part in both of the famous races that so captivated the public in late 18th century Europe - across the Channel and the Irish Sea. He earned Lord Nelson's endorsement for improving the Royal Navy with applied science and created one of the first, perhaps the very first, mobile steam engine and was revered by fans like Percy Shelley and Dr Johnson. Yet his name is virtually unheard of today. To overcome his chronic height anxiety, comedy writer Richard O. Smith seeks pre-flight counselling and overcomes his debilitating fear to ascend in a balloon over Oxford. All human life is here plus a sense of the ridiculous. 236pp.
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ISBN 9781909930018
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