The Sleepwalker's Introduction to Flight

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Pan Macmillan, 2009 - Fiction - 323 pages
6 Reviews
A curiously brilliant nocturnal fable about a boy who cannot sleep . . .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

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User Review  - Bridget - Goodreads

If you like your stories quirky and with a British flavour then this will be really satisfying. Funny, laugh out loud funny at times, this is a cute story of young love, lying cheating elderly folk ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ian Young - Goodreads

I have had this book sitting around for a while, and it came on holiday with me at the last moment mainly based on size. However, I was pleasantly surprised - good writing, humorous (with some laugh ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

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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