I’m delighted to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for the remarkable The Prince of the Skies by Antonio Iturbe. Thank you to Anne Cater and Pan Macmillan for giving me the opportunity to read and review this wonderful book.
About the book:
From the bestselling author of The Librarian of Auschwitz comes another captivating historical novel based on a true story – the extraordinary life and mysterious death of.
Only the best pilots are given jobs at Latécoère – the company destined to become Aéropostale. The successful candidates include Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. A man whose desire to fly will put him at odds with his aristocratic family and the girl who loves him – but who wants to keep him grounded.
Together with his friends Jean and Henri, they will change the history of aviation and pioneer new mail routes across the world. But Antoine is also destined to touch the lives of millions of readers with his story The Little Prince.
But as war begins to threaten Europe, is Antoine’s greatest adventure yet to come . . .?
Translated by Lilit Žekulin Thwaites, this is a novel about love and friendship, war and heroism and the power of the written word.
About the author:
ANTONIO ITURBE was born in 1967 and grew up in the dock-side neighbourhood of Barceloneta, in Barcelona. His first novel The Librarian of Auschwitz was the number one selling book in translation in the UK last year. It has been translated into 30 languages and has sold over 600K copies internationally.
Having grown up reading Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s books, Iturbe was inspired to write about the author’s extraordinary life. He conducted extensive research and, despite suffering from vertigo, even flew in a biplane so he would understand how it felt to fly.
Iturbe hopes to translate not only the facts but also the poetry of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s writing in The Prince of the Skies.
The Prince of the Skies by Antonio Iturbe is the remarkable story of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of literary classic The Little Prince. Based on his extraordinary life, The Prince of the Skies is the perfect blend of both fact and fiction, bringing Antoine’s incredible story vividly to life. Beautifully translated by Lilit Žekulin Thwaites, it is a captivating story of love and friendship that held me in its thrall from the very first page right up until the last page had been turned.
I knew very little about Saint-Exupery’s life, so this book has been an eye opening experience for me. Telling the story of the friendship between Saint-Ex, Jean Mermoz and Henri Guillaumet as they change the history of aviation forever, it is an exciting and accomplished novel that I adored from beginning to end.
Born into an aristocratic family, Saint-Ex developed a life long passion for flying. Raised by his mother after his father’s death, he often struggled to fit in with his peers and was happiest when flying amongst the clouds. He became part of a courageous group of Aviators, working for Latécoère – the company destined to become Aéropostale.Together with his friends Jean and Henri, Antoine begins to pioneer new mail routes across the world. But he is also destined to touch the lives of millions of readers with The Little Prince, a story that still resonates with many people around the world today.
The Prince of the Skies brings the exciting and chaotic world of early aviation vividly to life, capturing the essence of these three brave men as the Second World War fast approaches. Antonio Iturbe’s writing is flawless, sweeping me away on a journey so epic that it left me feeling breathless as I turned the final page. Knowing so little about Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s life and inevitable death turned The Prince of the Skies into a thrilling experience that I did not want to end!
Antonio Iturbe has created a masterpiece that is the perfect blend of both fact and fiction. Steeped in a history I knew very little about, the author breathed life into Antoine and his friends, making me care about them as much as if they were people I knew personally.
The Prince of the Skies is an exceptional read that I would highly recommend. Simply superb!
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