[Read] ➯ The Man With His head in the Clouds ➸ Richard O. Smith – Thomashillier.co.uk



8 thoughts on “The Man With His head in the Clouds

  1. says:

    Here s a novel idea, perhaps even a bit of blue sky thinking Sorry, Richard O Smith s delight in puns is catching if only I could do it half as well as he does This isn t just the biography of an undeservedly forgotten figure The author interweaves a well researched and detailed account of how this self educated pastry cook, James Sadler, became the first Englishman to fly in a balloon we re talking the 1780s here with his own tale of suffering a fear of heights all his life A marvel Here s a novel idea, perhaps even a bit of blue sky thinking Sorry, Richard O Smith s delight in puns is catching if only I could do it half as well as he does This isn t just the biography of an undeservedly forgotten figure The author interweaves a well researched and detailed account of how this self educated pastry cook, James Sadler, became the first Englishman to fly in a balloon we re talking the 1780s here with his own tale of suffering a fear of heights all his life A marvellous opportunity for irony and comic juxtaposition, which Smith makes full use of, and the light, self deprecating way in which he depicts his everyday battles with lifts, stairs and other terrors had me crying with laughter But it sthan wisecracks just to entertain taking James Sadler as his model, Smith determines to use the opportunity to overcome his phobias, getting psychological help from all kinds of people I loved his description of counselling sessions, a wonderful blend of humour, scepticism, silliness and ultimately, amazed appreciation While Sadler s 50 balloon trips, nearly always in appalling weather, are testament to the man s courage, Smith sets himself a target which for an acrophobic ha, I learnt a new word requires a pretty large amount of guts going up in a balloon himself Does he make it Well, you ll just have to read the book and see


  2. says:

    A humorous history of hot air and angst The author explores his own phobia therapy and interweaves it with the biography of a little known aeronautical pioneer who has inexplicably been written out of history until now Funny, educational and a delight to read.


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