published by Little, Brown in UK and US (2003)
Winner of the Boardman-Tasker Prize for Mountaineering
Literature, 2003 and
a New York Times Notable Book of 2003
"...one of the most credible accounts I've
ever read of two people falling in love."
New York Times
Set partly wartime Britain, partly in the anarchic world of British
rock climbing in the early seventies, The Fall is about many kinds
of falling: off mountains, into love, out of love, from grace.
The novel follows two stories that are interlinked: the life and
times of Jamie Mattewson, a world famous mountaineer and his friend
and one time climbing partner, Rob Dewar. But the other story that
moves behind this is the story of their parents during the years of
the Second World War. How the one impnges on the other and how memory
and betrayal have their effects across the generations is the central
theme of the novel.