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Fallout by Sadie Jones

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Sadie Jones won the Costa First Novel Award with her wonderful period drama set just post World War II, The Outcast. As you settle down to this you know you are in safe hands. Set in the 70’s theatre world it follows three friends striving to succeed as stage manager, agent/producer and playwright. They live and work together in a love triangle that we can see who should be with whom but they can’t. The characters are beautifully realised and when outside influences intrude and things go very awry, we can see the tragedy looming long before they can. A lovely, lovely read. Highly recommended.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This tense and grimly convincing first novel scrutinizes the repressive suburban social world of Britain in the 1950s. Young Lewis Aldridge is released after a two-year spell in prison, but his homecoming is not a happy one. His father’s return from the war, and his spirited mother’s subsequent disappearance, continue to haunt Lewis and the buttoned-up community in which he lives, while in the background, Kit Carmichael watches terrible events unfold. In a novel of hypocrisy, love and redemption, Sadie Jones depicts the dark undercurrents of middle-class life with unerring skill, telling a powerful and disturbing story with insight and depth.
~ Karen Howlett


Fallout by Sadie Jones

As read on BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime. Luke is a young playwright: intense, magnetic and hungry for experience. Fleeing a disastrous upbringing in the North East he arrives in London and shares a flat with Paul, an aspiring producer, and beautiful, fiery Leigh. The three of them set up a radical theatre company, their friendship forged in rehearsal rooms above pubs, candlelit power cuts, and smoky late-night parties, part of a thrilling new generation of writers, directors and rising voices. When Nina, a fragile actress, strays towards their group, Luke recognises a damaged soul and the balance between the friends is threatened. Luke is torn between loyalty, desire and his own painful past, until everything he values, even the promise of the future, is in danger. Suddenly the fallout threatens to be immense.

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Sadie Jones

Sadie Jones is a novelist and screenwriter who was born and brought up in London. Her first novel, The Outcast ('Riveting', Lionel Shriver; 'Devastatingly good', Daily Mail) was the winner of the Costa First Novel Award. It was also shortlisted for the Orange Prize and was a Richard and Judy Summer Reads Number One bestseller. Sadie adapted The Outcast for BBC Television in 2014. Her second novel, Small Wars, ('Outstanding', The Times; 'One of the best books about the English at war ever', Joel Morris), was published in 2009, and longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her third, in 2010, was The Uninvited Guests. 2009 ('...a shimmering comedy of manners and disturbing commentary on class... a brilliant novel.' Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder. ‘Delightful, eerie novel ... puts one in mind of Hilary Mantel’s Beyond Black ...’ The Daily Telegraph.) Her most recent novel, published May 2014, is Fallout, ('Intoxicating and immersive.' The Sunday Times; 'Intense.. unflinching', The New York Times), is now out in paperback. Sadie is married to the architect, Tim Boyd, and they live in West London with their two children.

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30th November 1999


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