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BOOK RELEASE: Gipsy MOTH, Aviatrix

Updated: Jan 3, 2021

Gipsy MOTH, Aviatrix

Two girls, their friendship, love, courage, as they transform into extraordinary women, true pioneers, aviatrix both, during the golden age of aviation.

While growing up privileged in the north of England during an extraordinary era that included the Wright Brothers’ first flight and a war raging across Europe, Nikki Beattie finds relief from her boisterous brothers and a burgeoning sadness brought on by her absent parents in her nanny, Miss Boswell. But it is not until she meets another Yorkshire lass that Nikki’s life begins transforming in ways she never imagined.

“Two girls from the north of England grow up with big dreams. After university they head to London to spread their wings. Between work they learn to fly and become among the first female pilots in Britain. From there, the sky’s the limit, or so they thought. A tale of friendship, of love, courage, and ultimately, of tragedy.”

When the lives of Nikki and Amy Johnson collide, they establish a lasting friendship that takes them from Yorkshire to London and beyond to places they only once ever dreamed of. As their paths lead them into the pioneering days of early aviation, they catch the bug and join the ranks of the Air Transport Auxiliary, one of the most influential groups of women in the history of British avionics. But just as Amy becomes a celebrity in the evolution of flight, a shining light for women’s rights, and an international heroine, tragedy strikes and buries a dark secret forever—or so everyone thinks.

“An action-packed story of adventure and romance with an intriguing beginning to an unexpected ending, Gipsy MOTH takes you through the life of two women, during the golden age of aviation, a gripping account of the characters’ lives and those extraordinary times.”

Gipsy Moth: Aviatrix and all Willy Mitchell titles are available in Hardback, Paperback, and e-book formats and through most major on-line retailers including publisher iUniverse.


Willy Mitchell is an indie author, writer, and storyteller. His first title was Operation ARGUS, and then the sequel Bikini BRAVO where a group of former Special Air Service operatives enter the dark and murky world of maskirovka and discover the lengths that some people will go for power and greed. Cold COURAGE tells the epic tale of Shackleton's 1914 Trans-Antarctic Expedition and all that was happening in those extraordinary times. Book four, Northern ECHO tells the story of two boys growing up during the punk rock revolution in the north of England, and how a dark secret keeps them apart until the end. Mitchell's latest installment, is Gipsy MOTH about his Aunt Nikki, her friend, and fellow Aviatrix, Amy Johnson, and Amelia Earhart on the other side of the pond during the golden age of aviation.

Up next? SS Indigo is the story of an eclectic mix of guests mysteriously invited to a cruise on a luxury steamship around the Caribbean. The only thing they have in common is their lust for power, advancement, and wealth.

All of Mitchell's books so far are novels, works of fiction, blended with real events. For further information or how to buy his books, visit his author website:

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