The Last Pilot begins in the bone-dry Mojave Desert during the late 1940s, where US Air Force test pilots are racing to break the sound barrier. Among the exalted few is Jim Harrison: dedicated to his wife, Grace, and their baby daughter.
By the 1960s, the space race is underway, and Harrison and his colleagues are offered a place in history as the world’s first astronauts. Jim is faced with the decision of whether to accept his ticket to the moon and at what cost.
"By far the best debut novel I've read in years - it reads like the reclusive disciple of Cormac McCarthy and St-Exupery." (Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat)
"An impressive debut.... A marvellous, emotionally powerful novel." (Publishers Weekly)
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Melancholy and meditative
- Paul Chester