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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. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

If you like Sadie Jones you might also like to read books by David Gillham, Martin Davies and Penny Feeny.


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

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Fallout by Sadie Jones

This is the intoxicating new novel from the number one bestselling author of The Outcast London 1972. Luke is dazzled by the city. It seems a world away from the provincial town he has fled along with his own troubled past, and his new life is unrecognisable - one of friendships forged in pubs, candlelit power cuts, and smoky late-night parties. When Nina, a fragile and damaged actress, strays into his path, Luke is immediately drawn to her and the delicate balance of his new life is threatened. Unable to stay away from her, Luke is torn between loyalty, desire and his own painful past, until everything he values, even the promise of the future, is in danger...


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'An intoxicating and immersive read... It is a fraught and compelling novel; one that replays itself uncomfortably in the mind long after it is finished' -- Lucy Atkins Sunday Times

'Intense... Ms Jones is unflinching as she plots the course of fallout with no shelter, of wounded lives undone by desperation in love and art' -- Carmela Ciuraru New York Times

'Written with a precision and a level of descriptive subtlety that puts her up there with our foremost novelists. I can't help but feel that if she had been born Samuel Jones she would already be considered on a par with the Barneses and McEwans of this parish... Fallout is crafted with a pared-back delicacy and attention to detail that shows an author determined to do better with every sentence. And at the same time, there is an intensity of focus, a merciless yet empathetic gaze directed towards each of the main characters that ensures we care deeply about each of them' -- Elizabeth Day Observer

About the Author

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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Publication date

21st May 2015

Author

Sadie Jones

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Relationship Stories
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099587286

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