The Fabulous Flying Mrs Miller, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2017
When the young Jessie left suburban Melbourne and her newspaperman husband in 1927, little did she know that she’d become the first woman to complete an England to Australia flight (with a black silk gown thrown into her small flight bag, just in case), or fly the first air race for women with Amelia Earhart, or that she would disappear over the Florida Straits feared lost forever only to charm her way to a rescue. Nor could she have predicted that five years later she’d find herself at the centre of one of the most notorious and controversial murder trials in United States history. And this all began with something as ridiculously mundane as a pat of butter.
The Fabulous Flying Mrs Miller is a spellbinding story of an extraordinary woman – an international celebrity during the golden age of aviation – and her passionate and spirited life. (blurb)
The book is reviewed for Honest History by Margaret Pender. Another review in The Australian by Ross Fitzgerald. Carol Baxter with Philip Clark on Nightlife on the ABC. Amazon extracts.