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David Dennington

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As a teenager, Dennington read all Nevil Shute’s books, including Slide Rule, which tells of Shute’s days as an aeronautical engineer on the great behemoth R100 at Howden in Yorkshire and of his nights as an aspiring novelist. Dennington was fascinated by both these aspects of Shute’s life. Nevil Shute inspired Dennington to write and to fly. The writing was put on hold while he went off around the world helping to manage various construction projects and raising a family. He picked up flying in the Bahamas, scaring himself silly, and sailing in Bermuda. This was all good experience for writing about battling the elements, navigation and building large structures.
Some years later, his interest in airships was rekindled. It was now time to p
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David Dennington I am not sure yet. It hasn't happened, but i expect it will. I am mulling over starting my next book. The first one took five years to write and i nev…moreI am not sure yet. It hasn't happened, but i expect it will. I am mulling over starting my next book. The first one took five years to write and i never really got stuck. But i do dread it, for i know it happens to the best of them ... But now when i think about it, I am beginning to think it's already happening ... I'm procrastinating instead of writing! Learning about marketing has taken all my attention. Not sure I still know how.(less)
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A KINDLE $0.99 sales promo will run July 20 through July 27, 2019 for:

THE GHOST OF CAPTAIN HINCHLIFFE

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THE AIRSHIPMEN


THE GHOST OF CAPTAIN HINCHLIFFE REVIEW BY JEFFREY KEETEN
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"“No, no—there are depths, depths! The more I go over it, the more I see in it, and the more I see in it, the more I fear. I don’t know what I don’t see—what I don’t fear!”

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“There are tons of gals out there looking for someone to promote 'the cause'. I have one such gal in mind. She's loaded.”
David Dennington, The Ghost of Captain Hinchliffe, The Ghost of Captain Hinchliffe

“I spoke to her yesterday. They say she's the richest woman in Britain--certainly the best dressed--and undressed too I shouldn't wonder.”
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“You have something against women flying aeroplanes?
No, three's a crowd that's all. We'd have all ended up in the drink.”
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“Three carrion crows intent on the carcass of a rabbit paused in their evisceration, following the airship with blank eyes, as if it were a larger bird of prey and then, after much scolding, returned to their meal, black beaks tearing at the dead creature’s flesh. The air was humid—a late summer afternoon storm pending. Their instincts knew the day would end in rain, and wind, and worse.”
David Dennington - The Airshipmen

“Thomson’s voice echoed up the stairway. -Don’t look so glum, my dear chap. Don’t you remember? Our fate is already written.”
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“I will go CB—and I’ll tell you why. I encouraged people to fly in this airship—people like O’Neill and Palstra—believing it’d be built and tested properly. I believed all your rhetoric about ‘safety first.’ I didn’t think you’d use this airship for your own personal aggrandizement, for your own personal agenda, with everything set to meet your own personal schedule. People like O’Neill put their faith in me and my word. I will not abandon them now.”
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“Death gives you a whole new perspective on life. - The Ghost of Captain Hinchliffe, May, 1928.”
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“Airships are the devil’s ’andiwork in defiance of God’s laws and we should avoid them like the plague! - Lord Scunthorpe, House of Lords. July 4th, 1929.”
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David Dennington Thank you for the recommendation, Chris. I will take a deco. I am presently working on turning The Airshipmen into a Trilogy. I have been urged to do this by many people. The text will remain the same but I will include many more photographs pertaining to each volume at the back of each book. The idea is to give people the choice of one book (too thick for some) or three volumes with a little more space around the print.
The Airship Heritage Trust have asked me to do a Zoom interview in a week or two. So we'll see what transpires. I'd like to see a syndicate put together to make it into a TV Miniseries.
Hope things are okay in Dear Old Blighty. Have not been able to make it over this year due to the China virus. My best, David.


Christopher Hi David. I just finished reading Any Human Heart by WIlliam Boyd. A fascinating read on many different levels. It takes all the time it needs to reach an obvious but graceful ending. I think you would like it.
Regards,
Chris Day


message 3: by David

David Dennington Thanks John, will look it up.
Best
David


message 2: by John

John Molloy David,
I am also a big fan of Nevil Shute and read most of his novels, I got a book in the post today from a friend in France, Appointment In Normandy, a big book about a Liberty ship Jeremiah O'Brien, a recreation of a war time voyage to Normandy. Look it up it might be what you would like.
John


message 1: by David

David Dennington The Ghost of Captain Hinchliffe, has now been released as a paperback and on Kindle. This novel is based on actual events which occurred between 1920 and 1930. In those days, there were many women who sought to prove to the world that they were as good as any male pilot in the sky. And they were. Especially, when you look at the accomplishments of Amy Johnson and Amelia Earhart and many others. These were very brave people and they will make your heart bleed. The sad thing is that their stories have been almost forgotten.

This novel tells of a woman married to a decorated World War 1 fighter pilot, Raymond Hinchliffe, whose days are now numbered as a commercial airline pilot due to the loss of an eye. The Hon. Elsie Mackay, an anxious suffragette, seeks him out, suggesting they go for the east-west Atlantic flying record. He will get the 10,000 pounds reward and they will share the glory. The war is over. The world abounds with optimism and is alive with craziness just now—nothing is impossible, even for women. Everyone is mad to try it. Many have failed.

If they succeed Hinchliffe reckons he and his wife, Millie, will be set for life. He could retire or even start his own airline. But what if they fail …?


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