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#amreading – What, Why, While :  Fall by West Camel @west_camel @OrendaBooks

What (am I currently reading)?

Fall by West Camel is literary fiction, and the second novel written by this author.   Publication Day for the paperback is 9th December, and it is being published by Orenda Books.  The e-book is already available at  https://orendabooks.co.uk/product/fall

Book Blurb (taken from https://orendabooks.co.uk/   )

Twins Aaron and Clive have been estranged for forty years. Aaron still lives in the empty, crumbling tower block on the riverside in Deptford where they grew up. Clive is a successful property developer, determined to turn the tower into luxury flats.

But Aaron is blocking the plan and their petty squabble becomes something much greater when two ghosts from the past – twins Annette and Christine – appear in the tower. At once, the desolate estate becomes a stage on which the events of one scorching summer are relived – a summer that shattered their lives, and changed everything forever…

Grim, evocative and exquisitely rendered, Fall is a story of friendship and family – of perception, fear and prejudice, the events that punctuate our journeys into adulthood, and the indelible scars they leave – a triumph of a novel that will affect you long after the final page has been turned.

Why (have I chosen to read it)?

Firstly its is being published by Orenda Books, and I have yet to read a book from Orenda that I have not loved – think Louise Beech, Eve Smith, Katie Allen, Louise Voss etc etc etc.

Fall is set in Deptford, London, in the 1970’s, and many many years ago I lived near there, so was intrigued to revisit the area through this novel.

While (I  am reading it) 

Well I’m at home, apart from occasional short walks in the local area, and essential outings to buy food etc.  Yes here in Austria we’re in a 3 week strict lockdown – which means (for me) more time to read and practice piano, plus think about getting all those household jobs done that I didn’t do in the previous 3 lockdowns.  I think this photo pretty much sums up things at the moment.

All the best, Emma

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