What If You Fly?

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A page-turning epic historical adventure that starts in Australia and travels the world through the eyes of Frances, code named Funnel Web.

If you want to be a woman in a man’s world, never take no for an answer.

What If You Fly? Synopsis:

For Frances Davies the war is far away, and she and best friend Maggie are more concerned with how to spend their time once they graduate high school. That is, until Frances’s older brother, Thomas, is reported MIA in Singapore. When Frances meets Leo, a boat-loving immigrant from Italy, she falls in love. Local attitudes and something more sinister tear them apart. To what lengths will Frances go to find her brother and the man she loves? The woman code-named Funnel Web bears little resemblance to little Frances Davies.

Home beckons… and those who betrayed the man she loved should pay attention.

Lose yourself in this wonderful book. Buy What If You Fly? today.

  • What If You Fly? RRP $28.95 AUS.
  • Delivery charge within Australia is $4.95 per book.
  • Delivery charge overseas is $10 per book.
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Testimonials for What If You Fly?

‘A page turner. What If You Fly? follows the story of adventure-bound Frances Davies as she travels the world, discovers her callings and talents, and navigates the complex social and political terrain of World War II. Clear, engaging prose with compelling characters.’

Associate Professor Shady Cosgrove.

‘This is a book that will live on within readers long after they’ve read it. Strong characterisation, vivid locations. If ever a book deserved the moniker of ‘epic’, it’s What If You Fly?’ 

Cate Sawyer, Author.

‘Some books you just read, this one swallowed me up and kept me turning the pages. It was so good I had to read it in one sitting. Five stars.’ 

Patricia Hammond.

‘Set during World War II, Camille Booker’s rollicking, fast-paced debut novel is an unusual bildungsroman: the engaging protagonist Frances grows from a teenager in love to a fighter pilot, chanteuse, and spy. This is a story of love, betrayal, strength, and survival under pressure.’ 

Kim Magowan.

What If You Fly? was intriguing from the beginning, and at times had me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next. Once I started, I couldn’t wait to see how the author was going to wrap up this amazing story; I finished the novel in one sitting and went to bed that night still thinking about Frances and her adventures.’ Read the full review here.

Darci Robbins, Reviewer.

‘Finally, we have a story where the male is captured and the female is the hero. Booker skilfully describes the challenges posed during the 1940’s era in Australia by covering racism, immigration, sexism, power and political and economic instability. Pulsating with twists and adventure, this book is just too exciting.’ The full review is available here.

Peta Carolan, Reviewer @unfoldededges

‘Booker has woven a romance, a spy thriller, a murder mystery, and more together into a gripping adventure, centring everything on the pivot point that is our heroine. When her lover, Leonardo ‘Leo’ Farricelli, is taken away and her brother Thomas is MIA, Frankie decides that she’d rather go find them herself than wait for the story to come back to her. I’ve gushed over Frankie a lot, as this is her story, but the supporting cast is not without their own charm, or in the case of antagonists, memorable nastiness. The antagonists range from the downright evil Danny Fox, champion of the ‘most punchable face’ award through sheer assholery, to the tragic yet terrifying Colonel Christophe Heller, who spends most of his time having a reader biting their nails hoping he doesn’t catch on to Frankie’s secrets. Booker’s writing style is evocative throughout, with a touch of sincerity that connects to the reader.’ Read the full review here.

Nita Delgado, Reviewer

What If You Fly? is also available at all good bookstores, libraries.

Author Biography:

Camille Booker as featured in the Illawarra Mercury

Camille Booker has a Bachelor of Creative Arts majoring in Creative Writing through the University of Wollongong, where she lives with her husband, young son and baby daughter.

What If You Fly? was long-listed for the 2019 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. Finessing her manuscript using the feedback from that prize, Camille went on to place second in the 2020 Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize, and What If You Fly? was later signed for publication. As the saying goes, “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door”.

Camille has always loved words and language, so her interest in writing fiction was a natural progression. She hopes this book will give readers a deeper understanding of the roles of women in wartime Australia, the power to rethink their idea of a woman’s place, and the courage to follow their inner voice.

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2 comments to “What If You Fly?”

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  1. Anna - December 6, 2021 Reply

    I am so excited to get this book. It is written by the daughter of one of my oldest friends. Thank you for enabling me to get it in England.

  2. Sharron Farrell - December 11, 2021 Reply

    Just finished ‘What if you Fly. Loved it, a real page turner. A rollicking adventure, perfect for a TV series. So much room to move with a follow up! Well done.

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