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Publisher's Summary

As a member of the renowned Flying Doctors Service, Dr. Anne Spoerry treated hundreds of thousands of people across rural Kenya over the span of 50 years, earning herself the cherished nickname “Mama Daktari” - “Mother Doctor.” Yet few knew that what drove her from post-World War II Europe to Africa was a past marked by rebellion, submission, and personal decisions that earned her another nickname - this one sinister - while working as a “doctor” in a Nazi concentration camp.  

In Full Flight explores the question of whether it is possible to rewrite one’s past by doing good in the present and takes listeners on an extraordinary journey into a dramatic life punctuated by both courage and weakness and driven by a powerful need to atone.

©2018 John Heminway (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"No one I know has a more spiritual understanding of Africa than John Heminway, and In Full Flight you are taken into the soul of the continent in a way that will astonish, inspire, and linger. It is a literary safari of the highest order." (Tom Brokaw)
"A book that movingly celebrates the indomitable human spirit.... John Heminway has turned his remarkable investigative skills to unraveling the incredible history of Africa's famed Dr. Anne Spoerry. Reading more like a novel than a biography, In Full Flight paints a portrait of a courageous woman, haunted by a dark past, who looks to Africa to heal." (Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, and Founder of The Jane Goodall Institute)
"John Heminway's In Full Flight left me quite literally stunned, not only by the story itself, of a woman whose journey took her from the heart of Nazi darkness to broad, sunlit uplands of Africa, but also by the author's extraordinary journalistic gifts. A book to chill and warm the human heart." (Carl Hiaasen)

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  • Eric P. Jack
  • 29-12-18

Exceptionally well done!

John Hemingway’s voice adds immensely to this gripping story. I thoroughly enjoyed the rich details of extreme human frailties during WWII followed by the disciplined quest for atonement in colonial Africa. Superb literary work!!!

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  • Michael T. Weas
  • 05-05-18

A must read!!!

This is a beautifully written story. I was mesmerized by this tale. John is a wonderful author.

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  • MW
  • 04-01-19

Fantastic story

Heminway uncovered a fasinating story about someone he had know well- but not well enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-07-18

Gossipy story

I felt like the author was writing a gossip book. Anne Spoorey had the misfortune to end up in Ravensbruck, a Nazi camp for women, and did what she needed to survive. Maybe it wasn't honorable, but there is nothing honorable about a book dragging out a past she tried to leave behind.

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  • Ben
  • 09-03-18

Fascinating Story as regards the Flying Doctor

The hardcopy reviews for this book are deeply praiseworthy and come from many of the best-known of African humanitarians and conservationists. They are also from the friends of Dr Anne Spoerry, which perhaps lends them a touch of bias in regards to their glowing ratings.

I should qualify that remark by saying that as someone who is both fascinated by Africa and the History of Europe, I found this audiobook interesting and compelling. It is clearly well researched and well written (and read) by someone who knew Dr Spoerry very well indeed. It is a very thorough work and therefore, as mentioned above, may perhaps be of the most interest to those who knew Dr Spoerry and/or her work, rather than just an armchair enthusiast of Africa or WWII.

That is not to say that In Full Flight was not a riveting read, but I do believe one may perhaps need to be highly concerned with the history of the second world war AND the work of the flying doctors in East Africa to really get the most out of this volume.

Ben Waddams

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