Written Dimension Bookshop & ABC Centre and Hachette Australia are pleased to present a ‘drinks and nibbles’ author event with Darryl Dymock, author of Hustling Hinkler
Hustling Hinkler by D. R. Dymock is the fascinating story of Bert Hinkler – the pilot the world forgot. Part adventure, part mystery and part tragedy, this fascinating chronicle reveals the many facets of Herbert John Louis Hinkler’s remarkable life.
Born in Bundaberg, Queensland, on 8 December 1892, Bert was a working-class lad, the son of an itinerant labourer. Yet, from his early years, his eyes were looking skyward, and he was destined to break away from the usual path followed by boys from his home town. He was captivated by stories of flight and whilst still a teenager he built his first plane. Determined to make a life of adventure, he became a mechanic with a barnstorming pilot in Australia and New Zealand before making his way to England. When World War I broke out, he became a decorated gunner, before finally gaining his pilot’s wings in the RAF. His ambition aligned with his skill, and post-war he became world famous for his pioneering aviation achievements. As well as being a renowned test pilot and air racer, Hinkler made the world’s first solo flight from England to Australia in 1928 and across the South Atlantic in 1931.
But behind the public hero was a complex man who struggled to find his place in the world, was constantly in financial need, and came to be dubbed ‘no-news Hinkler’ because of his refusal to let the press know in advance what he was up to. Tragically, Bert’s pioneering attempts came to an abrupt end on 7 January 1933 when he died whilst attempting another solo flight from England to Australia. This insightful biography reveals the circumstances behind that final, fatal flight, and tells the intriguing story of the three grieving women he left behind.
Hustling Hinkler is an intimate portrayal of Bert Hinkler that reads more like a novel than a biography. Readers can follow his remarkable life story through to its tragic ending and aftermath.
Dymock had exclusive access to two family members and thus obtained information never before published about the woman who secretly became Mrs Bert Hinkler only a few months before he died.
Darryl Dymock works part-time as a senior researcher at Griffith University, Brisbane, and has a special interest in adult learning and educational history. Already a well-published author in his field, he gave up full-time employment to spend more time on writing narrative nonfiction, and he has also written prize-winning short stories.
Darryl Dymock, Author of Hustling Hinkler
The Written Dimension Bookshop, Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Heads
Friday 23rd of August
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