King of All Balloons
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The feats of the early balloonists - the first human beings to fly - have been strangely neglected. The son of an Oxford pastry cook, James Sadler (1753-1828) made the first British ascent in 1784. This book charts his extraordinary life and career, including his crossing of the Bristol Channel in a balloon and his support of Letitia Sage, the first woman to take to the air. With a foreword by Richard Branson and an afterword by Don Cameron.