Author Events - Lainie Anderson, Long Flight Home


Join author and journalist Lainie Anderson as she launches her novel Long Flight Home. Based on a true story, this is a tale that spans the decades and crosses the globe, and at journey’s end we’re left peering down from an open cockpit on two beacons of truth. Where there is no heroism without honour and there is no legacy without love.

Long Flight Home is a historical novel based on the flight, ‘a boys’ own adventure for girls’. Narrated by real-life crew member Wally Shiers, it’s a true story about Australians taking on the world and winning. Sir Ross Smith and his four-man crew (co-pilot, navigator and brother Keith Smith, and co-mechanics Wally Shiers and Jim Bennett) flew an open-cockpit Vickers Vimy aircraft – made of wood, fabric and wire – nearly 18,000 kilometres across the world, smashing the previous record set by a long-distance flight of just over 5,000 kilometres (from Cairo to Calcutta, a year earlier). The achievement was the forerunner to the age of international air travel, and led to the founding of Qantas, Australia’s first airline (and the world’s third oldest) in 1920.

Lainie Anderson has been a weekly columnist with Adelaide’s Sunday Mail since 2007, and previously worked at the Herald Sun in Melbourne and the Times in London. In 2017 she travelled to nine countries on a Churchill Fellowship to gauge the significance of the pioneering 1919 flight from England to Australia and the Vickers Vimy aircraft now housed at Adelaide Airport. She is South Australia’s Epic Flight Centenary 2019 program ambassador.

Portland Library
Wednesday 4 September
5.30pm – 7.00pm

FREE event, light refreshments provided
Bookings preferred, phone 5522 2265

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