“A Thrilling Piece of Storytelling” The Sunday Times 09:07 12 APRIL 1961
A young Russian sits on top of the most powerful rocket in the world.
His name is
And in the next few minutes he will change history. Yuri Gagarin.
On its 60th anniversary
published by a new book tells the thrilling story behind the world’s first human spaceflight. Harper Collins BEYOND by New York Times bestselling author Stephen Walker “Always thrilling … brings a huge amount that is fresh and new to our understanding of the Space Race.” DAILY TELEGRAPH HUMANITY’S GREATEST ADVENTURE EXPLORE
Twenty-seven-years old, a loyal communist and father of two, Yuri Gagarin blasts into the skies inside a tiny cannonball-shaped capsule at the top of a modified Soviet R-7 missile – replacing the nuclear warhead it was originally designed for.
Eleven minutes later he is in orbit, travelling at ten times the speed of a rifle bullet. The first human ever to leave the planet.
“The most gripping, exciting and intense book I have read in the year that I have been interviewing writers on this show. Just a wonderful book, I can't recommend it enough." April 1961 The darkest days of the Cold War. The USA and USSR confront each other across an Iron Curtain. Their new battleground is space. TWO TEAMS ARE TRAINING TOWARDS THAT GOAL In THE US THERE ARE SEVEN AStRONAUTS In the USSR there are twenty cosmonauts TWO TEAMS ARE TRAINING TOWARDS THAT GOAL In THE USA THERE ARE SEVEN AStRONAUTS In the there are twenty cosmonauts USSR
AMERICANS are national celebrities. The SOVIETS are a state secret. Both teams are racing To REACH SPACE FIRST. AND The race will come down to the wire “Exciting and fascinating. I loved every word." daughter of Alan Shepard, America's first astronaut. Laura Shepard - Churchley, “ Beyond has the exhilaration of a fine thriller - brought sympathetically, and sometimes tragically, to life." author of Colin Thubron, Shadow of the Silk Road "an exhilarating journey into space. BEYOND is a dramatic tour de force." author of Mark Bostridge, The Fateful Year: England 1914 “Vivid... Dramatic. This entertaining history achieves lift off." Publishers Weekly “gripping, rich in novelistic detail… Highly recommended.” BBC Sky at Night “Outstanding” Soldier Magazine “A fine account told with verve... A cliffhanger." "Cinematic." THE SPECTATOR "Scintillating." FINANCIAL TIMES THE inside story of the event that shook the world DISCOVER BEYOND by bestselling author Stephen Walker New York Times Published by Harper Collins
"This book is a triumph."