Books Written by Jim Eames

 

Courage In The Skies

 

... The untold story of Qantas ... its brave men and women and their extraordinary role in World War II ...

Between 1942 and 1943 Qantas lost eight aircraft during its involvement in Australia's war against the Japanese. Over sixty passengers and crew died as a result. Yet Qantas' exemplary contribution to Australia's war effort and the courage of its people in those difficult times has been forgotten.

Courage In The Skies is the remarkable story of Qantas at war and the truly heroic deeds of its crew and ground staff as the Japanese advanced towards Australia. Flying unarmed planes through war zones and at times under enemy fire, the airline supplied the front lines, evacuated the wounded and undertook surprising escapes, including carrying more than forty anxious civilians on the last aircraft to leave besieged Singapore.

Absorbing, spirited and fast-paced, above all this is a story of an extraordinary group of Australians who confronted the dark days of World War II with bravery, commitment and initiative. They just happened to be Qantas people.

'In this most readable book, Jim Eames capyures the experiences of a small band of brave, professional and pioneering aircrew who confronted the dangers of war, the challnges of unforgiving oceanic and tropical weather and the uncertainty of navigation in unarmed flying boats and conventional aircraft' ... Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (ret'd).

 

About The Author ...

Jim Eames has been involved in aviation since he began work as an aviation writer in the 1960s. He was the former press secretary to the Minister for Aviation and former Director of Public Affairs for Qantas, and an aviation adviser to governments. He is a man who has lived and breathed aviation. He has written eight books including: 'The Country Undertaker', 'Six Feet Under Up In Smoke', 'Taking To The Skies' and 'The Flying Kangaroo'. Jim tells a great yarn.

 

About The Book ...

Released: December 2017 by Allen & Unwin - 352 pages

RRP: $29.99

EBook: Available

 

The Flying Kangaroo

 

... Great untold stories of Qantas ... the heroic, the hilarious and the sometimes just plain strange ...

Celebrating the extraordinary characters, events and challenges that have made Qantas an Australian icon

From its earliest days, Qantas has attracted its fair share of unique characters and unusual challenges. Jim Eames, a man who has Qantas running through his veins, brings us the stories of a great airline and the people who made it

Full of nostalgia for a company in its prime, these stories are all at once hilarious, heroic and sometimes just plain strange.

The Flying Kangaroo delves into the stories of the brilliant risk takers who made Qantas the safest airline in the world, the special demands of flying VIPs, the hazard of overseas postings and the ever present dangers of the skies. But above all, these are the stories of how an uniquely Australian style shaped the best airline in the English speaking world.

Generous and richly told, The Flying Kangaroo is a warm-hearted reminder why Qantas remains very much a part of our national psyche.

 

About The Author ...

Jim Eames is the author of 'The Country Undertaker', 'Six Feet Under Up In Smoke' and 'Taking To The Skies'. As one of Australia's first aviation writers, and former press secretary to the Minister for Aviation and former Director of Public Affairs for Qantas, he is a man who has lived and breathed aviation. He also tells a great yarn.

 

About The Book ...

Released: October 21, 2015 by Allen & Unwin

RRP: $29.99

EBook: Available

 

Taking To The Skies

 

'Great yarns of Australian aviation from a man who lives and breathes flying'.

So how do you test drive a Jumbo? And why did a civil aviation director once taxi a plane down Perth's main street to attend a ball?

From the ridiculous to the downright dangerous, the story of Australian aviation is full of tales of adventure and nation building. It is also a story about tragedy and eccentric characters with wild larrikin spirits. In this surprising, fascinating and sometimes very funny collection, Jim Eames brings together the great forgotten and untold tales of Australian aviation.

Jim Eames explains 'This book came out of a desire to revisit events which have marked significant landmarks in Australian aviation, primarily since the Second World War. Some of these events, seen in isolation, might have been well recoginised at the time, but the recollections of them have faded over the years. Others provide a sometimes surprising insight into Australia's involvement in aviation, both domestic and international. Others still have remained largely unknown.'

About The Author ...

Jim Eames is the author of 'The Country Undertaker' and 'Six Feet Under Up In Smoke'. As one of Australia's former aviation writers, and former press secretary to the Minister for Aviation and former Director of Public Affairs for Qantas, he is a man who has lived and breathed aviation. He also tells a great yarn.

About The Book ...

Released: early January 2014 by Allen & Unwin

RRP: $29.99