The Prince of the Skies
From the bestselling author of The Librarian of Auschwitz, Antonio Iturbe, comes a captivating historical novel based on a true story – the extraordinary life and mysterious death of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince.
Flying. Love. War. For some men everything is an adventure . . .
All Antoine de Saint Exupéry wants to do is be a pilot. But flying is a dangerous dream and one that sets him at odds with his aristocratic background and the woman he loves. Despite attempts to keep him grounded, Antoine is determined to venture forwards into the unknown. Together with his friends, Jean and Henri, he will pioneer new mail routes across the globe and help change the future of aviation. In the midst of his adventures, Antoine also begins to weave a children's story that is destined to touch the lives of millions of readers around the world. A story called The Little Prince . . .
Fame and fortune may have finally found Antoine, but as the shadow of war begins to threaten Europe, he's left to wonder whether his greatest adventure is yet to come . . .
Translated by Lilit Žekulin Thwaites, The Prince of the Skies is a moving tale of love and friendship, war and heroism, and the power of the written word.
Praise for The Prince of the Skies:
'I adored the character of Antoine' - Gill Paul, author of The Secret Wife
'What a beautiful, thought-provoking read' - Jennifer Ryan author of The Chilbury's Ladies Choir and The Kitchen Front
The famed writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry may be the title character in Antonio Iturbe’s The Prince of the Skies but his camaraderie with two other pioneering French pilots is what gets this novel airborne. That and its celebration of the sheer joy of flying…What you remember, though, even as fate catches up with Saint-Exupéry and his comrades, is the exhilaration they’ve known in the time they’ve spent aloft.
New York Times
The language is mesmerizing, so lyrical and poetic. What a beautiful, thought-provoking read.
Jennifer Ryan, bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir and The Kitchen Front
I adored the character of Antoine, a man who is ingenious when flying a plane and an idiot when it comes to love. The descriptions of the life-and-death scrapes he and his aviator colleagues get into are gripping, and there’s a vivid sense of the sheer thrill of flying. It’s spellbinding!
Gill Paul, Bestselling author of The Secret Wife