Ryan Campbell launches new novel, new career

WORLD flight record setter Ryan Campbell has visited Merimbula and Bega as part of a book tour for his autobiography Born to Fly. 

After the launch at Booktique, Merimbula, on July 23 he began three weeks of publicity, going on the Today show, doing an “amazing amount of radio interviews” and still has launches in Brisbane and Melbourne to go.

He was also at Candelo Books in Bega on August 2. 

“The response has been really good,” Mr Campbell said. 

“Everyone seems to be enjoying the book.

“I was wondering a bit in the beginning, how that first response would be, but it has been really good.”

He said around 120 people turned up for the launch at Merimbula, which the owners had said was “pretty phenomenal” turnout. 

“The whole point of the book was putting out my story, passing the message on that you can achieve everything you want, told from the perspective of a young person from Merimbula,” he said.

One of the standout moments of his tour was appearing on the Nine Network’s Today show on July 25.

“I’ve been on it before, but it was different, it was more relaxing this time,” Mr Campbell said. 

“During the ad breaks they brought me out and I got to meet everyone.

“Karl [Stefanovic] was very excited about it all.”

Born to Fly has spread its wings all over Australia, being sold in Big W as well as independent bookstores and Mr Campbell’s brother even spotted it for sale in Perth. 

“Although I don’t have any sales figures, we have had a fantastic response,” he said.

Mr Campbell finishes his tour next weekend, after which he will return to the Sunshine Coast to work hard at his new job, working for Aeromil Pacific.

He only spent about 10 days on the job before starting his book tour, but said it is “all very positive, all very good” and it is just a matter of settling into a new place. 

He thanked everyone who came to the book launches and supported him. 

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