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Review by Suze
When Jean Batten is a young girl she only has one wish, she wants to fly. That thought never leaves her, when she's older she still wants to be able to control a plane and be in the air. Together with her mother she chases her dream. She meets many different people and travels a lot. When she finally has the chance to fly it's time to set records. Jean Batten has a promising career until the Second World War ends what she loves the most.
Jean Batten is a talented woman who can do whatever she wants. She can sing, dance, play the piano and is good at every subject at school. She can do anything she sets her mind to. Her mother is her biggest support. She manages the finances and she makes sure there's enough money for Jean's flying lessons. Jean has a chance to enter the world of flying and to break records, to own a plane and to fly whenever she wants and wherever she wants.
The Infinite Air is a beautiful story about the life of Jean Batten. Jean is gifted and she's determined. She's a remarkable person. She's pretty, she's smart and she's impressive. I loved reading about her life and the drive she has to make her biggest wish come true. She doesn't have an easy life, it's filled with loss and bad luck as well as great achievements and huge popularity. It's a life of extremes and that fascinated me from the start.
Fiona Kidman has a wonderful writing-style. Her sentences are beautiful and she has a vivid way of describing things. I felt Jean's freedom, her frustration, her elation and her sadness. Jean Batten is a special woman and Fiona Kidman manages to show her readers in detail what she's like and what kind of life she leads. I loved that approach. Jean is a private person, but because of this book it's possible to get closer to her, to see who she is inside, which is really interesting and enjoyable. I couldn't put this novel away, it gripped me from the start. Fiona Kidman has written a fantastic book about a legendary woman.