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A breathtaking new graphic novel about flight, and one man's ambition to be the best.
Jed Mercurio's first novel, Bodies, was chosen as one of the five best debuts of 2002 by the Guardian. His adaptation won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Drama Series of 2005. His second novel, Ascent, was published in 2007. Jed Mercurio's latest novel for Cape and Simon & Schuster, American Adulterer, a fictionalisation of President John F. Kennedy's personal life, was published in Spring 2009. Wesley Robins is an illustrator and winner of the Macmillan Prize for Children's Book Illustration. He is from London.
"What follows is nothing short of epic... Robin's drawings of Yeremin's journey, in sombre shades of blue, black and grey, are truly haunting: the contours of his cheekbones; the waterless, windless surface of his destination. Bedtime moon-gazing will never be quite the same again." * The Observer * "It's graphic novels such as Ascent that truly make the medium come alive as a form of storytelling ... Ascent is utterly gripping." * Dog Ear Discs Blog * "Mercurio's writing has a grim, understated poetry, and illustrator Robins takes us from Korean dogfights to the silence of a Soviet rocket with effortless skill." * Shortlist * "A hugely enjoyable adventure story...the book builds towards a climax of truly mind-bending peril." * Dazed and Confused * "Nothing short of stunning: Mercutio and Robins have done a superb job of translating the novel into this format, preserving what was so good about the book and dynamically enhancing it." * Ben Johncock *