From ambitious scientists rising above the clouds to analyse the air to war generals floating across enemy lines, Richard Holmes takes to the air in this heart-lifting history of pioneer balloonists.
Falling Upwards asks why they risked their lives, and how their flights revealed the secrets of our planet. The stories range from early ballooning rivals to the long-distance voyages of American entrepreneurs; from the legendary balloon escape from the Prussian siege of Paris to dauntless James Glaisher, who in the 1860s flew seven miles above the earth – without oxygen.
Falling Upwards has inspired the Major Motion Picture The Aeronauts – in cinemas SOON.
In a glorious fusion of history, art, science and biography, this is a book about what balloons give rise to: the spirit of discovery, and the brilliant humanity of recklessness, vision and hope.
We dispatch daily from the UK and all standard delivery orders are sent by Royal Mail 48. Expedited orders are sent by DPD or Royal Mail Special Delivery service. Orders received before 12:00pm will be dispatched the same working day.
Free UK Delivery
Royal Mail 48
|3-5 Working Days
Next Working Day
(Orders by 12pm)
1 to 3 business days
If you would like to purchase a large quantity of items, please contact us for a tailored delivery quote.
Payment & Security
Your payment information is processed securely. We do not store credit card details nor have access to your credit card information.