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This is a novel by a man who knows at first hand the heady delights as well as the torments of flying in the early days, and reveals through his hero the nature of the men who succumbed - as he did - to them.


Book cover finish Hardcover ( rounded spine binding )
Special features Dedicated copy, Slightly damaged dust jacket
Condition Old, like new
Number of pages 337
Published date 1971
Languages English
Size 14 x 21 x 4 cm
Author Malin Sorsbie
Editor Hamish Hamilton Ltd.


Michael Pendragon - the " Dragonfly " - is an archetypal hero of the pioneer days of flying from the 1920's to the 1940's. He is passionate, sensitive, adventurous, a man who knows how to use his strengths and qualities, and yet is dogged throughout his life by his failure to curb his excessive enthusiasm for danger, and for the women who fall under the spell of his hard masculine vitality.


Drawing on his own experience, the author follows Pendragon through his career in the R.A.F. between the wars, flying primitive and unreliable machines to maintain the " Pax Aeronautica " in the Middle East. Little has ever been written about these years of development in flying history, and of the early years of civil aviation, which next attracts him. With few radio aids to navigation, Pendragon has to face the problems of fog, ice, sandstorms, tropical cyclones, and the continual anxiety about fuel. ( ... )

Malin Sorsbie

Sir Malin Sorsbie O.B.E., C.B.E., K.St.J. ( May 6th, 1906 - October 28th, 1988 ) was born at Farnborough ( Hampshire, England ). 

At the age of 17, he emigrated to Canada in search of work, which he found on wheat and cattle ranches, at logging camps, and as a stoker. He also studied at Manitoba University before joining  the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1926. Four years later, Malin Sorsbie joined the R.A.F. and was trained in Egypt. He flew all the aircraft flown by his hero in his novel Dragonfly, and travelled extensively before becoming an Imperial Airways pilot in 1935. 

During the Second World War , he opened up new long - distance routes for ferrying across the Atlantic, as well as in the Middle East and Africa. He became Overseas Operations Director of B.O.A.C., and after the war successively opened Northolt for B.E.A. pending the completion of Heathrow, built up East African Airways, and finally accepted the chairmanship of the Munitalp Foundation, working on scientific and conservation development in East Africa. 

Having previously hunted game in northern Kenya, Malin Sorsbie became a conservationist and the Chief Game Warden of Kenya, working alongside the famous Dr Louis S.B. Leakey ( 1903 - 1972 ). 

Malin Sorsbie has published another book entitled The Pacha ( 1988 ). 

( sources : Geneanet,, DRAGONFLY )

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