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Moondust

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In 1999, Andrew Smith was interviewing Charlie Duke, astronaut and moon walker, for the Sunday Times. During the course of the interview, which took place at Duke's Texan home, the telephone rang and Charlie left the room to answer it. When he returned, some twenty minutes later, he seemed visibly upset. It seemed that he'd just heard that, the previous day, one of his fellow moon walkers, the astronaut Pete Conrad, had died. 'Now there' s only nine of us,' he said. Only nine. Which meant that, one day not long from now, there would be none, and when that day came, no one on earth would have known the giddy thrill of gazing back at us from the surface of the moon. The thought shocked Andrew Smith, and still does. "Moondust" is his attempt to understand why.

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Aimed primarily at children this book uses the allegory of metamorphosis to assist in understanding death.

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**** RECOMMENDED [A] fascinating book... Smith is certainly no techo-geek and does not shy away from the more personal questions -- Craig Brown in THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

**** [Negotiates] the confusion of late 20th Century world politics, 1960's counter-culture, conspiracy theories... and Nasa's own colourful history. -- METRO NEWSPAPER

A fascinating book, often poignant… but funny too. -- Daily Mail, Critic’s Choice

A moving and thorough account of America's last great act of optimism. -- Guardian

A wonderful collective biography written with deftness, compassion and humour. -- Observer

Excellent... crisply dramatic. -- SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

He is a graceful, easy-going writer, and this beguiling tale is replete with joyful wonder. -- The Sunday Times

Moondust is an inspired idea, immaculately executed: witty, affectionate, completely captivating. -- Mark Ellen in WORD MAGAZINE

Smith deftly integrates the experiences of the lunar astronauts into the political and cultural contexts of their various missions. -- The Sunday Times

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