Falling for Icarus: A Journey Among the Cretans

Author(s): Rory MacLean

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On a windy spring morning in an ancient Cretan village, Rory MacLean fell to earth. His mother had died a few months earlier and a single obsession had risen from his grief: the notion to build a feather-light flying machine. And so, MacLean journeyed back to beginnings, back into the Greek myths, and built a plane and tried to fly.


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'Rory MacLean is one of the most strikingly original and talented travel writers of our generation.' - Katie Hickman

Rory MacLean is a writer, broadcaster, blogger and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His eight books, including UK best-sellers 'Stalin's Nose' and 'Under the Dragon', have challenged and invigorated travel writing, and - according to the late John Fowles - are among works that 'marvellously explain why literature still lives'. He has won awards from the Canada Council and the Arts Council of England as well as a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship, and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary prize. He has written and presented over 50 BBC radio programmes and worked on movies with Marlene Dietrich and David Bowie. Born in Canada and resident for many years in Britain, Rory now divides his time between London and Berlin.

General Fields

  • : 9781848859562
  • : I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
  • : Tauris Parke Paperbacks
  • : November 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Rory MacLean
  • : Paperback
  • : 352