King of the Air by Ann Blainey | Black Inc.

King of the Air: The Turbulent Life of Charles Kingsford Smith

Awards for King of the Air

  • Longlisted, 2019 NIB Literary Award

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About the author

Ann Blainey

Ann Blainey is the author of King of the Air and the acclaimed I Am Melba, which won the 2009 National Biography Award and was the most popular book in the 2009 State Library of Victoria Summer Reads program. Her other books include …

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Praise for King of the Air

‘Brilliant … Blainey’s fascinating book focuses on the inner as well as the outer man. While Smithy’s career highlights may be well known, his ambiguous relationship with fame, his drinking, and his doubts and fears were not. In this beautifully written, scrupulously researched and meticulously indexed work, Blainey has filled this gap.’ —Ross Fitzgerald, The Age


‘Crisply written … Even people not particularly interested in the feats of aviators will find this book an engrossing read.’ —Jim Davidson, The Sydney Morning Herald


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Black and white photograph of Charles Kingsford Smith wearing a pilot uniform sitting in a small plane