The Anglo-Ethiopian Society

Book Club - Black Dove, White Raven

Elizabeth Wein

Tuesday 16th January 2018

7:30pm, National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX - all welcome


The Society's book club will discuss Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein. The author is a leading writer of young adult historical fiction.

Rhoda and Delia are American stunt pilots who perform daring aerobatics to appreciative audiences. But while the sight of two girls wingwalking – one white, one black – is a welcome novelty in some parts of the USA, it’s an anathema in others. Rhoda and Delia dream of living in a world where neither gender nor ethnicity determines their life. When Delia is killed in a tragic accident, Rhoda is determined to make that dream come true. She moves to Ethiopia with her daughter, Em, and Delia’s son, Teo.

Em and Teo have adapted to scratching a living in a strange land, and feel at home here; but their parents’ legacy of flight and the ability to pilot a plane places them in an elite circle of people watched carefully by the Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie, who dreams of creating an air force for his fledgling nation. As Italy prepares for its invasion of Ethiopia, Em and Teo find themselves inextricably entangled in the crisis — and they are called on to help.

Black Dove, White Raven is published in both hardback (ISBN 9781423183105) and paperback (ISBN 978-1405271363) editions as well as in Kindle and Audio CD formats.

We will meet in The Long Bar on the ground floor of the National Theatre.

If you would like to attend, or want further information, please email the Book Club.




Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein.
Publisher: New York, Hyperion, 2015.
Hardback: ISBN:9781423183105
Price: £13.71
Publisher: London, Egmont UK Ltd, 2015.
Paperback: ISBN:9781405271363
Price: £7.99

First Published in News File Winter 2017

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