Falling for Icarus: A Journey Among the Cretans

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On a windy afternoon in early spring Rory MacLean fell to earth in Anissari, a village surrounded by white mountains in an ancient corner of Crete. MacLean's mother had died only a few months earlier and he had been engulfed by grief. But an old desire had also taken hold to build and fly an aeroplane. And so he set off to the land where Daedalus and Icarus had made their maiden flight and settled in to days of eating lamb and drinking wine with his Cretan neighbours and, with their help, attempting to build a Woodhopper from scratch and make it fly.

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Rory MacLean is the author of four highly acclaimed and award-winning books. He is a regular contributor to Radio 4 and lives in Dorset with his wife and son.

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“The heart-warming evocation of one man’s loving obsession: lyrical, funny, compassionate” --Colin Thubron, travel writer and novelist “Rory MacLean is one of the most strikingly original and talented travel writers of our generation” -- Katie Hickman, bestselling author and travel writer “An extraordinary work, curious and entertaining, tantilizing, often moving and above all entirely original – like everything MacLean writes, it’s in a genre of its own” -- Jan Morris, author, journalist, and travel writer
 

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