Stephen Walker’s Beyond was one of my reads of lockdown. Beyond covers the months leading up to Yuri Gagarin’s Vostok 1 flight that made him the first human in space. Stephen has crafted a fantastic narrative that does not just focus on Gagarin but on the Chief Designer and the team that worked in such secrecy to put him in space.
I sat down with Stephen on the day NASA returned to the moon with the Artemis Orion test flight. We chatted about some of the lesser discussed aspects of what went into creating the book, the tragic Grigory Nelyubov and the myths of the Lost Cosmonauts.
You can grab a copy of Beyond: The Astonishing Story of the First Human to Leave Our Planet and Journey into Space at our bookshop below, and you can find the links to Stephen’s social media there too.
Let me know what you think and if you’ve read the book!
Beyond – Paperback: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/11015/9780008372545
Beyond – Hardback: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/11015/9780008372507
Stephen’s website: https://www.stephenwalkerbeyond.com/
Stephen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SWalkerBEYOND
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