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The Sleepwalker's Introduction to Flight - signed, lined and dated

The Sleepwalker's Introduction to Flight - signed, lined and dated

by Sion Scott-Wilson

Publisher Macmillan

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  • UK First Edition
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  • Hardcover


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About the book

'Funny and filled with heart . . . a sparky debut' Alexandra Heminsley, The London Paper Dreaming of joining the brotherhood of Acapulcan cliff-divers, young Mikey Hough rigs a diving platform in the garden of his suburban Berkshire home. Two years later, when he awakes from his coma, Mikey befriends Roger, an elderly ex-pilot hospitalised when his precious Distinguished Flying Cross was violently stolen from him. Mikey soon learns that his own disastrous attempt at flight has damaged his Suprachiasmatic Nucleus, destroying his ability to sleep. The medical profession can do nothing for him. He is sent home from hospital to die. One night, a despondent Mikey stumbles across Livia, the cynical teenage ward of a neighbouring councilman. Together they decide to track down Rogers stolen medal. So begins a remarkable, picaresque journey into the dark heart of suburban England, during which the fearless Mikey and Livia confront a sprawling cast of pensioners, policemen and criminals including the profoundly sinister man-child The Fat Controller. As they hurtle towards daybreak, they persuade Roger to undertake one last, gut-wrenching sortie into the night skies. The Sleepwalker's Introduction to Flight is a heart-rending and riotous mini-epic, a brilliantly subversive coming-of-age tale about what happens when dark and light collide, and societys marginalised find their voice.

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About the Author

Sion Scott-Wilson

Sion Scott-Wilson's short stories have appeared in a variety of publications in the US, UK and Asia. In 2004 his first novel, Thicker than water, was short-listed, for the Fish Publishing, Best Unpublished Novel Prize. The Sleepwalker’s Introduction to Flight was published by Macmillan in 2008 and by Pan and Grazanti in 2009. The novel was nominated for a UK Crimefest Award in 2009. His latest work (Deixis Press 2021) is an historical novel set in 1829 London titled Some Rise by Sin. Tracy Chevalier had this to say about it: "I felt I was eavesdropping on genuine 19th-century grave robbers . . . the author's skilled prose . . . convinced me. I felt I was there in the rough and tumble streets of 1830s London. Grotesque, pathetic, yet with poignant moments of calm and welcome humour." - Tracy Chevalier

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    All of our books that have a dust wrapper are covered in clear protective, removable film and are packed professionally in bubble wrap and a box for shipping so that they reach you in perfect condition.

  • Book Condition & Notes

    The spine is bumped and there are signs of shelf wear on the dust jacket.

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