Queen Of Speed: The Racy Life Of Mary Petre Bruce

Queen Of Speed: The Racy Life Of Mary Petre Bruce

  • Publish Date: 2012-04-13
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Nancy Wilson
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The authorized, first-ever biography of early twentieth century British speed demon Mary Petre Bruce, who careened through life full-tilt in determined pursuit of adventure and wealth. A fearless and determined competitor, she set records and won prizes for speed and endurance in automobiles and speedboats. In 1930, with very little experience as a pilot, she bought a tiny biplane and hatched a plan to fly it around the world-alone. Her successful 5-month odyssey was the first solo air circumnavigation by a woman. She never lost her hunger for speed and adventure. Her later years found her engaged in a variety of schemes, all the while amassing a fortune and enjoying every penny of it. Here is the entire story of one of the 20th century's most extraordinary adventurers. Reviews: Author Nancy Wilson draws on 15 years of research to take us behind the public face of one of the 20th century's most extraordinary adventurers, to celebrate the achievements and uncover the personal scandals of this flawed and fascinating woman. . . . Alexandra Pratt, author I'll come right out with it: I couldn't put it down! I can't recall a racier or more absorbing read. Tom Clarke, speedreaders.info Nancy Wilson's evocation of this extraordinary aviation pioneer is a book no aeroplane enthusiast - or admirer of women's fight for their place in the world - should miss. Tony Rees, Earthrounders.com

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