Set against the backdrop of one of the most emotionally charged periods in American history, The Last Pilot begins in the bone-dry Mojave Desert during the late 1940s, where US Air Force test pilots are racing to break the sound barrier. Among the exalted few is Jim Harrison; dedicated to his wife, Grace, and their baby daughter.


By the 1960s, the space race is underway and Harrison and his colleagues are offered a place in history as the world’s first astronauts. But when his young family is thrown into crisis, Jim is faced with a decision that will affect the course of the rest of his life – whether to accept his ticket to the moon and at what cost.


With echoes of Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff and Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road, The Last Pilot reignites the thrill and excitement of the space race through the story of one man’s courage in the face of unthinkable loss.


The Last Pilot is published by Picador (US) and Myriad (UK).



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“Nostalgic and heart-rending... hypnotic. Not only has [Johncock] stripped his narrative down to sleek, aerodynamic paragraphs, but he tells much of this story in clipped dialogue that only suggests the pain swelling beneath the lines... the effect is supercharged Hemingway at 70,000 feet.”

The Washington Post

WINNER OF THE AUTHORS’ CLUB BEST FIRST NOVEL AWARD 2016


Shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards 2015


Selected for Brave New Reads 2016