The Valiant Heart Trilogy

Airship of Dreams

C.M.S. Thornton

“Airship of Dreams: The Doomed Flight of the Titanic of the Skies” is a true story that can be read by itself, although it is also Book #1 of the VALIANT HEART trilogy. It describes William Palstra’s extraordinary life, which ended in 1930 when His Majesty’s airship R101 exploded in flames, changing the world forever.

An Air Force pilot and decorated hero, Palstra returns to Australia in 1919, at the end of the First World War. Then follow his marriage and family, his role in the early years of Melbourne University, and his rise through the ranks of the newly-formed Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF).

The decade of the 1920s was the Golden Age of Airships and zeppelins. The stuff of dreams, these enormous, cigar-shaped aircraft glided slowly and majestically across the skies, like fantastic creatures from legend.
The British Empire’s R101 was the world’s biggest airship at that time.
She was fitted out so luxuriously that she has been called The Titanic of the Skies. And like the Titanic, her maiden voyage was doomed.
“Airship of Dreams” tells of this fatal flight, and the repercussions of the tragedy that rippled through time and continues to this day.

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Hardcover: ISBN 9781923212008

Paperback: ISBN 9781923212015

VALIANT HEART 1 Page count: 446

The Call to Arms

C.M.S. Thornton

“The Call to Arms: The Clerk Who Dared the Great Adventure” is the life story of First World War hero William Palstra between 1914 and 1917. In 1914 he leaves his job as an office clerk in London, sails to Australia in a steam-ship, and takes a job as a clerk in Melbourne.
While he is still on the high seas the Great War breaks out, and his younger brother enlists in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.). Charles is destined to sail to the shores of Gallipoli, where the Anzac legend will be born.

Young Will Palstra also enlists. With the 39th Infantry Battalion, he voyages to the war on the other side of the world.
The young soldiers complete their training on Salisbury Plain, in the shadow of Stonehenge, before crossing the English Channel to begin active service in the muddy, bloody trenches of the infamous Western Front.

“The Call to Arms” is Book #2 of the VALIANT HEART trilogy. It follows Palstra’s well-documented life story as he comes of age, maturing from a mild-mannered office clerk to a commissioned officer in the Australian Army.

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Hardcover: ISBN 9781923212022

Paperback ISBN 9781923212039

VALIANT HEART 2 Page count: 258

Blood and Fire

C.M.S. Thornton

“Blood and Fire: The Hero Who Conquered the Skies” is the life story of First World War hero William Palstra between the years 1917 and 1919.

In his letters and diaries he tells of fighting in the trenches on the Western Front with the 39th Battalion AIF, the famous and earth-shattering Battle of Messines, being awarded a Military Cross by the King at Buckingham Palace, joining the Australian Flying Corps and learning to fly biplanes, braving artillery fire and enemy planes while flying over enemy lines, Armistice Day 1918 and the celebrations in Paris, and at last the happy and victorious homecoming.

“Blood and Fire” is Book #3 of the VALIANT HEART trilogy following Palstra’s story as he walks through the valley of death and emerges as a hero.

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Hardcover: ISBN 9781923212046

Paperback ISBN 9781923212053

VALIANT HEART 3 Page count: 252

Treading a Delicate Tightrope

Treading a Delicate Tightrope

Mike Burton

When Mike Burton became the principal of All Saints College in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, little did he know about the journey on which he was embarking.Very soon after taking up the
position, Mike realised that the vision of the founding organisation
was becoming irrelevant as education and politics converged, reaching a
crisis point in the second half of the 1980s. Mike found himself walking
the tightrope between the expectations of the funders on the one hand and those of the students and community on the other.Matters reached a tipping point and Mike had to make a decision. As ‘Comrade
Mike’ he elected that the interests of the students and the community
take precedence. Mike chose education AND liberation. Mike Burton’s Tightrope is a gripping, personal account that transports the
reader back to the liberation struggle of the 1980s and the educational
issues that informed policy in the nascent democracy. The book will be
of particular interest to those involved in education at the time as
well anybody who observed or was engaged during that turbulent period of change.


Prairie historical autobiography

P.V. Eyre-Walker

The true story of the first European child born on the prairie in North-West Manitoba, Canada.
A heartwarming, historical autobiography by P.V. Eyre-Walker.

Against the backdrop of the remote prairies, a spectacularly beautiful landscape where the snowbound winters were long and harsh, the little girl and her family struggled against want, sickness and hardship.

Glimpse a unique fragment of the past in the pages of this book. You won’t believe the hardships this pioneering family endured.

Pioneering life on the Canadian prairies in the late 19th century was harsh and relentless – far different from anything the settlers had ever known. This authentic autobiography will warm your heart. Available world-wide as an eBook.

Ebook ASIN: B00CB5PG2Y

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A quote from Prairie:

“No. 6 engine was the first to pass through, and when the Winnipeg ‘express’ began to run, it arrived in Millwood at about nine o’clock on Saturday nights, so the children never saw it. Consequently if a ‘special’ passed – that is a long train of ’empties’ going up for, or down with wheat – the whole school was turned out to watch it.
One hot August afternoon a ‘special’ pulled up in Millwood and a white-faced engineer got down. The Doctor happened to be in the village and as the long train drew out, the gang foreman came to him.
“The engineer has just reported he has killed two people on the trestle bridge. They were in the middle of the bridge when he came around the curve, and he couldn’t possibly stop in time. I have to go and investigate. Will you come too?”
So the gang foreman and the Doctor piled onto the hand-car and went back to the bridge.. . “