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The Flight of the Mew Gull
on 18 December 2009
A fantastic book from a wonderful era and period in British history. It's written superbly. Alex Hensahw's accounts of daring do are interesting, intricate in detail and all told with a good sense of humour, even self-afacing at times - which is always a good sign. From his close shaves in racing all the "circuits" around Britain and Ireland, to continental Europe, to his infamous UK-Cape-UK solo flight. Tales of woe how he and his father enjoyed flying together and how their pre-recce of the course and places Alex would eventually fly alone in his historical record, to how much fun and support they gave eachother.
You don't have to be a pilot to read this book (though it might help, Alex never really gets technical but decscribes just enough detail to understand for anyone), how's and why's things were done or why they happened and always leads the reader onto wanting to read on - it's very hard trying to pace yourself with this book as it flows so well and is always entertaining but also, very interesting.
I don't want to give too much away but it's a great book. I personally have to be disciplined to put it down and save more chapters for later, just so I have something to look forward to reading.
Informative, through the eyes of someone who lived it and was part of that age when good manners cost nothing and were expected yet not stuffy.
Well worth a read, and an interesting insight into the World, pre-WW2.
Get this book, whether it's for yourself, a present - you or it's recipient won't be disappointed!
My only concern is that I can't find anything else Henshaw has written, aside from his later but equally fantastic book, "A sight for a Merlin" - of his exploits as a test pilot for the Spitfire during WW2.