Second best luck

Second best luck

Margrit Schriber

On the 7th of July 1919, the 24-year-old actress Julie Helene (Leny) Bider put a bullet through her head in an upmarket Zurich hotel. Only hours before, her brother, the famed pilot Oskar Bider, had had a fatal accident in his plane. A spellbinding historical novel about two siblings whose adventures would keep a whole nation in suspense.

Thanks to her part in a scandalous military comedy and an infamous kiss, Leny Bider burst onto the burgeoning silent cinema scene - a beautiful young woman, a model and fashion designer already famous as her brother Oskar's co-pilot. A pioneer of aviation, he broke one record after another: first crossing of the Pyrenees, first crossing of the Alps, first non-stop flight from Berne to Paris. The fun-loving and dashing couple dominated magazine headlines, embodying the future in an era when aviation and films were in their infancy. The public was shocked to the core by the death of the young diva. Drawing on Leny's diaries, Margrit Schriber traces the life of this sensitive but rebellious girl from a good family with astute perception and profound compassion. In spite of losing her parents at a young age, Leny managed to fulfil her dream of becoming an actress against all odds, but was ultimately crushed by the death of the brother she doted on.

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