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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; New edition edition (3 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755302125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755302123
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.6 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,275,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gilling's wonderful novel blends Dickensian characters... with a love story pssessed of the simple moral force of a fairytale (The Times)

Strongly drawn characters... and an engaging, well-paced story... an enjoyable and imaginative novel that captures the excitement and uncertainty of pioneer efforts in the pre-airplane age (Historical Novels Review)

For anyone defeated by Peter Carey's hefty antipodean tomes, Tom Gilling's pared-down version of 19th-century Down Under may be the answer (Independent)

Tom Gilling pitches well as an entertainer. His novel [is] a jolly fable, with a beguiling lightness and enjoyable, wry humour (Daily Telegraph)

Gilling [takes] innovators, entrepreneurs and chance-takers and turns them into imaginative, charming heroes... A heart-warming adventure for all the family, and nothing wrong in that either (Scotsman)

More than worth reading for Gilling's use of language, some of it so good you feel like whooping (Glasgow Herald)

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'A brilliant flight of seduction' New York Times Book Review

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mfl VINE VOICE on 27 July 2003
Format: Paperback
Miles McGinty is, I guess, a little known book of recent years. Shame because it's a short gem of a read, harking back to mid 19th century Australia where sophisticated society and vaudeville meet head on to explore the new frontier of manned flight.
It's a simple story told with a brevity of writing yet vivid characterisation of a boy and a girl born on the same night forever destined to come together to prove their worth to the world. Miles born illegitimate to an ageing stage actress sees his future beyond the stage lights when a chance meeting with Australia's first celebrated hot air balloonist, introduces him to the passion for flight. Isabel born to a merchant banker's privileged upbringing, also meets the balloonist and eventually shuns her mother's matchmaking to run away and discover who she is. A chance meeting with Miles realises her passion, her love and their obsession with reaching the skies.
A sweet and enchanting book that tells us there's more to life than what we are born into, with a slant of history and romance which should not be missed.
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Miles McGinty and Isabel Dowling are born on the same night under completely different circumstances into completely different social worlds; but from the first moment onwards, their lives are destined to be intertwined. Something in the air.

From the first scenes of the novel set in a 19th century Australian theatre, I was hooked. The period of the piece is accurately portrayed, but not bogged down with unnecessary detail, and the characters presented are so vivid, and well, so full of character! It is lightly written, but not lightweight. I cared about the characters, and as in Carey's Oscar and Lucinda, I was anxious, frustrated, delighted as Miles and Isabel's interactions determined to thwart fate.

Although I was slightly unconvinced by the very ending of the book, I truly loved it overall, and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys an unconventional love story.
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