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“A brilliant flight of seduction. . . . The Adventures of Miles and Isabel is a novel of dreams and fantasy and not a little theatricality, all solidly rooted in honest scientific inquiry and experimentation. . . . A breathno, a blastof fresh air, a novel that is at once economical and lyrical. . . . [Gilling] has an appealing comic flair. . . . [He] makes readers want to believe in dreams and loveand gives us every reason to do so.”David Willis McCullough, The New York Times Book Review
The Adventures of Miles and Isabel
978-0-8021-4019-7 • $12.00 • Paperback • Sep. 2003
In a crowded playhouse in 1856 Sydney, Australia, two spectacular lives are about to start. During her scandalous turn as Hamlet, a heavily pregnant (and unmarried) actress unexpectedly goes into labor onstage, shocking the audience. Indeed, one patrician spectatorwho is also with childis so moved that she too goes into labor. The babies born that night are Miles and Isabel, two dreamers destined to defy conventionand gravity.
The Adventures of Miles and Isabel is a delightful novel of true love in rough-and-tumble, turn-of-the-century Sydney. A best-seller in Australia, it follows the separate but strangely converging lives of these two young daredevils. Miles becomes the subject of a sideshow levitation act while Isabel gamely foils her mother’s attempts to marry her off to a rich boor. Fearless as she is, Isabel is briefly famous as a hot-air balloonist. Miles develops his own fascination with flight and, when he finally meets the captivating Isabel, is preparing to risk his life by testing his first flying machine. United by the dream of flightand true lovethe couple attempts to rise above the obstacles of class and physics that stand in their way.
The Adventures of Miles and Isabel is a euphoric follow-up to the debut that The New York Times hailed as “jubilantly irreverent” and “irresistible entertainment” and Library Journal compared in a starred review to Alice Hoffman, Sherman Alexie, and Gabriel García Márquez. It confirms Tom Gilling’s status as a major literary voice.