July Book of the Month: Fallout by Sadie Jones

FalloutOur July author Sadie Jones grew up in an artistic and theatrical household. With an actress mother and poet father, her childhood was spent in a small house in Chelsea's World's End, in bohemian rooms that she once described as permanently smelling of Gitanes.

Sadie's latest book, Fallout, grew from her impressions of the romantic, turbulent nature of Britain in the 1970s, when "everybody was stumbling in this fallout from the 1960s. There were recessions and power cuts and people doing pub theatre and feminism. It was an incredibly serious time."

Fallout follows aspiring playwright Luke and the beautiful but vulnerable actress Nina as they navigate their way through painful relationships and volatile careers amid the daily struggles of London life. The 1970s atmosphere is authentic and precisely drawn - left-wing idealism, kitchen sink dramas, constrictive gender roles, smoky late-night arguments - and the flawed characters are fascinating even when they are difficult to like. 

Like Maggie O'Farrell and Esther Freud, Sadie Jones is a highly intelligent and perceptive writer, weaving her sharp psychological insight into a gripping plot. Fallout is a beautifully researched novel, informative and deeply evocative.

What the critics said

"An intelligent, pacy tale... Every summer needs a One Day-style read; this book is a contender for that crown" - Anne Ashworth, The Times

"Cements her reputation as a writer in the style of William Boyd: able to take on a variety of styles and mould them to her own voice" - Viv Groskop, Red 

What Mumsnetters said:

 I loved loved LOVED this book. It's one of my all-time faves now - Cocodrillo on The Outcast


About the author:

Sadie Jones is a novelist and screenwriter born and bred in London. Her first novel, The Outcast, won the Costa First Novel Award, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and became a Richard and Judy Summer Reads Number One bestseller.

She is also the author of Small Wars (longlisted for the Orange Prize) and The Uninvited Guests. Sadie is married to the architect, Tim Boyd, and they live in West London with their two children.

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Webchat with Sadie Jones

We are delighted that Sadie will be joining us for a webchat on Monday 20 July to discuss Fallout, her previous award-winning novels and her writing career. Please feel free to discuss the book here throughout the month and then come and meet Sadie on the night, ask her a question or simply tell her what you thought of the book. Look forward to seeing you on the 20th.

Book giveaway

Vintage have 50 copies of Fallout to give to Mumsnetters: to claim your copy please fill in your details below. We'll post on the thread when all the copies have gone. If you're not lucky enough to bag one of those, you can always get a Kindle version or paperback.





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