The Sleepwalker's Introduction to Flight (Macmillan New Writing)

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Press: Pan Macmillan; First Edition edition (May 1, 2008)
ISBN:9780230705449
Author Name:Scott-wilson, Sion
Language:English
Edition:First Edition Edition

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'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 Roger's 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 society's marginalised find their voice.
'A humorous, moving and eloquent debut' - "Bookseller".

About the Author

Sion Scott-Wilson was born in Britain but currently lives in New Zealand. 
He works in advertising and has won many industry awards for his television work, including a BAFTA nomination.
He is married with two children.

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  •     Wonderful cast of colorful characters play out this superfast read. A dark and touching tale with great cheeky laughs along the way! You'll learn a thing or two..... :)
  •     At a book store sale, I found this book; the title was intriguing, so it came home with me. And I'm glad.It's a fairly original concept: a kid, who is going to die due to the fact his injured brain has lost its ability to give him sleep, goes on a bit of a kamikaze mission to retrieve a war medal that was robbed from an elderly man.There are darker themes underlying the main storyline - especially with Livia. So be wary of this if you choose to give this book to somebody younger than say, a mature 15 year old.This story reminds us that even when your life seems to be in a terrible place, you still have the power to change it, break out of the monotony.Best of all, there is no cheap "he's been in a come this whole time and dreamt the adventure" type ending. But I mean, don't you want to know what happens to Mikey and if he gets Roger's medal back?

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