Reviews

  • "Vanhoenacker is a remarkable writer. In Skyfaring he reveals his passion for flight, the mechanics of planes, the weightless, meaningful geography of the skies and the scent of the cities he flies to. He creates a still, almost poetic point in the turning, travelling world. This mesmerising book will make you view the world differently. All aboard!"

    Helen Davies, Sunday Times
  • "[An] ode to the wonder of flight in the tradition of the great pioneer pilot-author Antoine de Saint Exupéry and Charles Lindbergh... flying remains a magical business"

    Charles Bremner, The Times
  • "Mr Vanhoenacker, fortunately for his readers, has lost none of his sense of wonder at the miracle of flight itself... a beautifully observed collection of details, scenes, emotions and facts from the world above the world"

    The Economist
  • "A description of what it’s like to fly by a commercial pilot who is also a master prose stylist… This is a man who is at once a technical expert – he flies 747s across continents – and a poet of the skies. This couldn’t be more highly recommended"

    Alain de Botton
  • "A beauty. For so many flying has become humdrum: a bus journey to be endured then forgotten, not enjoyed and recalled. Vanhoenacker makes it wondrous again."

    David Sexton, Evening Standard
  • "Beautifully... simply put. Vanhoenacker's prose has a functional eloquence that carries the reader along for the ride."

    Geoff Dyer, The Guardian
  • "Reminds us of the magic of aviation... full of information that is wonderful in its simplicity"

    Erica Wagner, The New Statesman
  • "[An] endlessly surprising, strikingly original book... combines intelligence and sensitivity with an "outward-looking introspection""

    Intelligent Life
  • "Not since Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic Vol de Nuit…has there been such a fantastic book about flying… Skyfaring takes the genre to a whole new level. I found myself turning over the corners of almost every page with excitement and admiration"

    Giles Foden, Condé Nast Traveller