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White Water Landings

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Africa, 1937. 22 year-old Geoffrey Pett watches as the Empire Flying Boat sinks lower, lower in the sky, until it meets the sea in a huge spray of water, landing and taxiing to the moorings he'd laid down just days before. The Imperial Airways Africa service is operational!

The romance of pre-war air travel meets the romance of a man and a woman separated by war in this mem
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published 2015 by Createspace
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Jemima Pett
This is a wholly biased discussion of the memoirs of my father. I've been arranging it from his dictated tapes over the last five years, so of course I know the stories. In fact I've known the stories since I was small, as he entertained us with them at the dinner table. I think it works as a book, in fact I find it engrossing, even after all this time. It takes on a historical significance, as Geoffrey was talking about a colonial world which vanished very quickly after the end of World War 2. ...more
Rebecca Douglass
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, memoir
Full disclosure first: I have worked with JM Pett (Jemima Pett) on a couple of projects (see the Bookelves Anthology), so I was primed to like the book. But I purchased the book myself, and the following review is my honest opinion.

White Water Landings is not the sort of slick memoir we are seeing a lot of these days, nor is it a celebrity tell-all. It is an honest account of a time and a place that I, for one, knew little about, and it has a very authentic voice. Because the narrative was origi
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Nancy  Thames
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An interesting recollection of the life of the author's father Geoffrey Pett working for Britain’s flagship airline between the two world wars. Geoffrey served as an Imperial Airways ground services employee in the 1930s in Africa. The book reminded me of overseas life in Morocco when I was a child in the fifties. A carefully orchestrated account!
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