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The Edge of the Fall

by Kate Williams

The Edge of the Fall Synopsis

In the aftermath of the Great War, the de Witt family are struggling to piece together the shattered fragments of their lives. Rudolf and his wife Verena, still reeling from the loss of their second son, don't know how to function in the post-war world. Stoneythorpe Hall has become an empty shell with no servants to ensure its upkeep. Celia, the de Witt's youngest daughter, is still desperate to spread her wings and see more of the world. To escape Stoneythorpe and the painful secrets that lie there, she moves to London and embraces life and love in the Roaring Twenties.

The Edge of the Fall Press Reviews

Told in two distinct time frames - mid-20th century and Maude's contrasting experiences of the 1890s and early 1900s - and full of colour, detail, tension and adventure, it's a compelling read. * CHOICE * This novel is rich in sumptuous detail and full of twists and turns. -- Isabelle Broom * HEAT * Williams has created a resonant evocation of life in the aftermath of the First World War in which the shadows of the conflict loom large, but also explores the psychological and emotional worlds of the individual. * IRISH EXAMINER * The de Witt family's struggles are a compelling, vibrant and poignant fictional reflection of living history and if the next chapter of their story unfolds with the same emotional power and extraordinary resonance, then we are in for another treat. * LANCASHIRE EVENING POST * An epic, romantic read set in the roaring '20s. * FABULOUS * Gripping from the first page, I absolutely love this novel... It's a must-read. * GRAZIA * TV historian Williams revisits the De Witts, the Anglo-German family introduced in her previous saga The Storms of War. Her insight into the aftermath of the First World War and shattered society shines out of every page, enriching a powerful family saga. * SUNDAY MIRROR * Williams draws expertly on mysterious, fawed characters coming of age in a displaced world in this gripping period novel . . . A haunting piece of historical fiction * THE LADY * Williams has a sharp eye for the contradictions and mysteries of human nature and a vivid turn of phrase . . . she uses her historian's knowledge to brilliant effect' * DAILY MAIL * a Downton Abbey-style drama about a grand family down on their luck in the Roaring Twenties. * GOOD HOUSEKEEPING *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781409139904
Publication date: 19th November 2015
Author: Kate Williams
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 432 pages
Categories: Historical fiction,

About Kate Williams

Kate Williams is an author, social historian and broadcaster. The Storms of War, her first novel in the De Witt trilogy, was widely acclaimed, reviewed as 'spellbinding, gripping and beautiful'. She has always wanted to travel in time and wrote her first novel when she was seven (The Adventures of Maria) - it was rather short. Kate loves delving into archives, collections, diaries and letters. She has a DPhil from Oxford and is the author of the novel The Pleasures of Men and four historical biographies of Emma Hamilton, Queen Victoria, Elizabeth II and Empress Josephine - which is being ...

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