Ralph Barker Books


Verdict on a Lost Flyer

The Story of Bill Lancaster & Chubbie Miller

Bill and Chubbie

Bill and Chubbie

In 1928, Bill Lancaster and Chubbie Miller were international heroes after their sensational long-distance aeroplane flight from England to Australia. In 1932, Lancaster was on trial in Miami, accused of murdering Chubbie’s lover. Less than a year later, Bill Lancaster disappeared on a flight over the Sahara, and it was almost 29 years before his body was found beside his wrecked plane. A log book, tied to the wing, contained the moving account of the last eight days of his life.

Lancaster’s dramatic end was in keeping with his adventurous life. The account of his search for work and his desperate attempts to retrieve his fortune, how Chubbie fell in love with an American writer, Haden Clarke, while Bill was away, and how Clarke was shot dead in a Miami house on Bill’s return, all lead up to the account of one of the most turbulent murder trials of this century.


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The Last Blue Mountain

 

K2

K2

The heart-rending true story of the 1957 expedition to Haramosh Peak in the Karakoram range in Pakistan.

Two climbers are avalanched into a snow basin at 20,000 feet. Two other climbers try to rescue them, but then the rescuers also become trapped.

The Last Blue Mountain tells an epic tale of human endeavour and fortitude.


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Against the Sea

True Stories of Disaster and Survival

Sergeant Erick Smith being winched down to the the Jeanne Gougy

Sergeant Erick Smith being winched down to the the Jeanne Gougy

For this book Ralph Barker has reconstructed a variety of sea stories, including some of the most dramatic episodes and rescues in modern times.

Among the epic stories included are the ordeal of Captain Kurt Carlsen and his involuntary 'mate' Kenneth Dancy on the sinking Flying Enterprise; the tragic wartime misunderstanding between the Queen Mary and her escorting cruiser which resulted in a fatal collision; the remarkable escape of 21 year old Alison Mitchell, twenty hours in the sea off Jersey after the shipwreck; the experience of Douglas Wardrop, who fell overboard unnoticed a thousand miles from land; and the thrilling helicopter rescue of the survivors of the French trawler Jeanne Gougy in 1962.

Against the fascinating background of the sea rivalry of the railway companies at the turn of the century, the author delves further into the past, to give a minute by minute account of the wreck of the South Western Railway Company's Channel steamer Stella on the Casquets in 1899; and several other striking episodes are vividly recorded.

There are twelve stories in all, each one of them a superb example of man's eternal struggle with the sea. All were originally written for the Sunday Express.


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