A really good read (honest!)
Four-years-old already, where did that go! Unfortunately I can no longer afford to keep the printed version going as the costs far outweigh any small return in sales, so only the Ebook will be available on Amazon from now on. However, I still have some printed copies here (£13 inc. p+p) so for those who prefer to read a real book, please drop me a message on the Contact page and I will get one out to you.
If you like aviation stories that are a little different from the norm, this one is certainly an unusual tale with several unique twists. Cherished memories of the old school gyronauts who taught me to fly, and the pioneers who taught them, back when every new gyroplane student was on their own with only a set of instructions to guide them – the text books had yet to be written.
A chance find in my old friend’s cellar uncovered the remarkable legacy of Ernie Brooks, a forgotten pioneer whose tiny Brookland Gyroplane attracted attention from all around the world. Tracing his story unfolded the wonderful, yet heart-rending tale of his young nephew Trevor, who idolised the innovative aviator and never forgot the promise made to him by his beloved uncle. But tragedy intervened and that promise remained unfulfilled.
I didn’t know Ernie and was therefore unable to portray him in the book with the same warmth and familiarity as my Cornish veterans. It was Trevor’s input that made all the difference and helped me to capture Ernie’s spirit on paper. I couldn’t have done it without him. Back in 2011, we had no idea that it would all lead to a trail of bread crumbs, set in place down through the decades just waiting for the right moment. In following it through to its logical conclusion, we created a new chapter entirely of our own and wrote an ending far more gratifying than either of us could have imagined.