Falling Upwards: An Interview with Richard Holmes

Richard Holmes speaks about the highs and lows of ballooning in his latest book.


In his new book, Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air, Richard Holmes approaches the history of ballooning as a biographer would—focusing on the balloonists themselves. He uncovers stories of the personalities drawn to ballooning: the exhibitionists, the scientists, and the escapists.

I sat down with him during his recent visit to CHF and learned about the human stories he uncovered during his research for the book. 

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