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  • Mark Vanhoenacker is a beautiful, lyrical writer who uses his experience as a pilot to bring us constantly in touch with the transcendent and the other-worldly

    Alain de Botton
  • Dreamy and erudite... [Vanhoenacker is] a most likeable, warm-hearted narrator with an original world view

    Melanie Reid, The Times
  • A enriching memoir of how a sensitive, introverted boy's yearning for escape and acceptance found its fulfilment in the life of an airline pilot... A touching survey of human dreams and endeavours and a hymn to the quiet pleasures of returning, in the flesh or in memory, to the intimate geography of one's hometown

    Patrick Gale
  • Refreshingly personal and moving... This absorbing modern twist on the age-old story of flying the nest, yet yearning for home, will transport you around the globe and back again without leaving your seat

    Mark Ovenden, author of AIRLINE MAPS and LONDON UNDERGROUND BY DESIGN
  • An utterly remarkable and original travel book. Like Jan Morris and Pico Iyer, Vanhoenacker weaves memoir and travelogue, using his unusual perch as a pilot to take us on an incredible journey to dozens of cities around the world. Like Italo Calvino, he somehow weaves it all into one, a painfully beautiful cubist city of memory and dreams that rises out of his warm and lyrical prose

    Andrew Blum, author of TUBES and THE WEATHER MACHINE

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