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Aloha Wanderwell (Audiobook)

Aloha Wanderwell (Audiobook)

Duration:  14h 14m Unabridged
Published:   September 7, 2021
BTC Audiobooks  /  Non-Fiction  /  Biography & Memoir
Digital Audio:   9781773102580    $45.00  SRP
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The story of the Guinness World Record Holder of the First Woman to Drive Around the World

In 1922, a 16-year-old Canadian girl, fed up with life in a French convent school, answered an ad for a travelling secretary. Tall, blonde, and swaggering with confidence, she might have passed for twenty. She also knew what she wanted: to become the first female to drive around the world. Her name was Aloha Wanderwell.

By the age of 25, she had become a pilot, a film star, an ambassador for world peace, and the centrepiece of one of the biggest unsolved murder mysteries in California history. Her story defied belief, but it was true. Every bit of it. Except for her name. The American Aloha Wanderwell was raised in Canada as Idris Hall.

Drawing upon Aloha’s diaries and travel logs, as well as films, photographs, newspaper accounts, and previously classified government documents, Aloha Wanderwell reveals the astonishing story of one of the greatest — and most outrageous — explorers of the 1920s.
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Christian Fink-Jensen's writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including the Toronto Star, Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Quarterly, Rampike, Vancouver Sun, and Ottawa Citizen.

Randolph Eustace-Walden has worked as a writer, editor, researcher, television producer, and director. He has twice been nominated for Emmy and Gemini awards and has won several Leo awards.

Jo Ayres has narrated several audiobooks for CNIB. She lives in Toronto.


"Aloha Wanderwell must surely be the most remarkable woman adventurer to remain virtually unknown to history. This marvelous book sets the record straight, even as it powerfully evokes a distant era of travel when the survivors of the Great War set out to go anywhere but home." — Wade Davis

"Fink-Jensen and Eustace-Walden have compiled a remarkable biography about the exploits of a young Canadian woman and the charismatic man who guided her early career. In rescuing Aloha’s life from obscurity, they have reintroduced her as a significant and accomplished historical actor who was both a product and a purveyor of her times." — Bonnie Reilly Schmidt, BC Bookworld

"Aloha Wanderwell recounts over a decade of non-stop adventure (along tens of thousands of kilometres of “barely existing roads” on several continents). All told, it’s an impressive feat." — Brett Josef Grubisic, Toronto Star

"Fink-Jensen and Eustace-Walden expertly parse Aloha’s journals, films, and photos as well as press coverage and previously classified government documents to bring readers along on the adventures of an audacious and fierce young woman of the early 20th century." — Atlantic Books Today

"She was a young adventurer, ready to take on the world without fear. Aloha Wanderwell, the book, is a fascinating look at her travels and her other exploits. She may have slipped from our collective memory for a few decades, but she is back." — Dave Obee, Times Colonist

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