Flying Boats of the Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Ships of the Sky
Offers an account of the age of Empire flying boats, whose story began in July 1936 with a reassuringly trouble-free test flight on Kent's River Medway. This title tells of slow, meandering flights across the Empire, swooping down on sun-warmed stretches of water for luncheon and tea.
Richard Knott is a former actor and educationalist who now researches and writes on twentieth-century history. He has previously written on subjects as varied as cricket, poetry and the teaching of English.