by Pat Whitaker


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Cradled in sumptuous luxury and pampered in a way only the richest can afford, the whole world is laid out before them for their gratification. But beneath this dignified calm, all is not well…

Following the disasterous crash of her competitor, a rebuilt R 100 airship sets out on a journey to every corner of the British Empire

Told through a cast of characters, both fictional and real, whose fates interweave during the voyage of the “Ethylwyn”, the story incorporates an accurate insight to the technology of the day. The central protagonist, Clara is a great character. Intelligent, beautiful, a little damaged, courageous and filled with joie de vivre, her relationship with two totally different men is at the core of the novel’s emotional pacing.

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ISBN-13: 9781877557453
Publisher: Cooper''s Press
Publication date: 02/11/2019
Pages: 396
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Pat Whitaker was born in North Leigh, Oxfordshire, in 1946. At the age of four, he moved to New Zealand with his parents and older bother, where the family settled in the small community of Pinehaven, a suburb of Wellington.
After a fairly rudimentary education he found employment in the Interior Design Department of an architectural firm, a job that set a path for his entire working life, although he migrated from interiors to general architecture.
During his twenties he did as most young New Zealanders did; he left the country for his O.E. (overseas experience). He spent five years travelling, visiting everywhere from India to Europe and Africa, with periods of necessary employment in London and later Hereford.
Returning to New Zealand he settled back into architectural work - for the most part on his own account - and married, raised a family and had the occasional (unsuccessful) foray into business.
Only on reaching sixty did the idea of becoming an author enter into the equation. At no time during his life had he had any interest in writing, even in his youth, but a chance remark by his wife Jude, plus approach retirement, prompted him to try his hand.
Whitaker's books generally fall into the categories of Crime or Science Fiction, but commonly include elements of both. His motivation - apart from a desire to entertain - is to satisfy his own curiosity. This may take the form of exploring some idea, and finding new ways to look at it, or by trying to tackle some specific writing challenge; simply to see if he can succeed.
Five years and seven books later, he finally describes himself as an author, not an architect.

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