[PW] Searching for a children’s book : Elizabethan flying machine

Mike Goldsmith mikegoldsmith639 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 22 02:13:37 PDT 2016

That is BRILLIANT! Thanks so much - I've been looking for this book for

Very best wishes


On 22 September 2016 at 09:40, S M Colowick <januarye at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 10:58 PM, Mike Goldsmith
> <mikegoldsmith639 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I read this in about 1972, it’s a children’s book about an inventor (who
> > might be Sir Walter Raleigh) who lives on the South Coast of England,
> > people think he’s a witch and send soldiers (on horseback?) to arrest
> him,
> > but he is warned by some children and manages to make a brief flight over
> > the cliffs. The flying machine breaks up in the waves, but the inventor
> > then gets away by boat. To begin with, the inventor tries to make a
> > flapping-wing device, but ends up with a glider, made of wood and
> leather.
> > I think he sets fire to his house before escaping, to keep secret his
> > discovery of how to fly. Written in the late 1960s or early 1970s.
> The Woolacombe Bird by Ann Welch (1964)
> https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/ann-welch/the-woolacombe-bird/
> "...Adam de Mountforde is the wealthy experimenter; Roger and Margaret
> are the village children who come to help him. As others begin to spy
> on them, the secret is nosed out and the three are suspected of
> witchcraft. After a couple of trial runs, they just barely manage to
> save themselves from immolation by effecting an escape on the
> mechanical bird. ..."



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