This is the irresistible, constantly unexpected story of a man and his deep loves: for a tree-flanked airfield called Ashley Landing, for a redoubtable and enchanting girl called Frances Gray, whom he teaches to fly, for their children and his many friends. It is a story, reaching from 1910 to post Second World War, of the vast unpredictable adventure of flying during one man's life-span — hair-raising, ludicrous, terrifying and at times very moving.

In this book the author of Collision, The Last Hill and Bomb Run reveals with greater power than ever his extraordinary narrative gift.