"Author Mary Garden travels back through the turbulence of her own startling family history to find her father, Oscar Garden, a legend of long-distance aviation who soared through any sky but crash-landed the one-way journey of his life on earth. Garden has approached this book with the same disregard for self-preservation that saw her father fly to Australia from London in 1930 in a second hand plane with only 39 flying hours under his belt. A rattling, searing, soulful story that takes flight on the Gipsy Moth wings of the author's relentless research and willingness to pull back every curtain of this extraordinary man's life..." - back cover
Author's note / introduction / merchant prince of Orkney / family ruptures / war and peace / the flight / honour and glory business / barnstorming / Africa and the Middle East / trapped in England / the boss / the tomato grower / the forgotten aviator / appendix 1 / appendix 2 / notes / about the author / acknowledgments.
192 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits, facsimilies, genealogical table ; 24 cm
Mary Garden. 2019. Sundowner of the skies: the story of Oscar Garden the forgotten aviator, PUB-2019-30. Walsh Memorial Library, The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).