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Falling

Set in 1970’s London, Falling tells the story of Joe, an art student and passionate rock climber, who meets and falls in love with the stunningly beautiful Annie. Within hours of their first time together at an all night party, she disappears without explanation, only to turn up again days later as if nothing has happened.

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Set in 1970’s London, Falling tells the story of Joe, an art student and passionate rock climber, who meets and falls in love with the stunningly beautiful Annie. Within hours of their first time together at an all night party, she disappears without explanation, only to turn up again days later as if nothing has happened. To Joe’s frustration, Annie’s sudden disappearances, coupled with occasional periods of intense melancholy soon turn their relationship into an emotional roller coaster. Meanwhile, Joe is living his own dual existence, with college work and a demanding job in a coffee bar, the Cabin, during the week, and climbing at the weekends.

With his climbing partner Paul and other members of the college climbing club, they head off most Friday nights to Snowdonia, the granite sea cliffs of Cornwall, the Peak District, Cheddar or the Avon Gorge, anywhere in fact, where there is some rock to climb.

Although Paul’s long suffering girlfriend, Sarah, accompanies them on most trips, Annie is reluctant to do so. When Joe is thrown out of his bedsit and offered a room at the Cabin, Annie soon starts working there herself and their relationship settles into a comfortable routine until one evening when her dreadful secret is revealed in the most catastrophic fashion.

In the aftermath of this cathartic revelation, Annie moves in with Joe at the Cabin while he and Paul prepare for their most audacious climbing project yet, a previously unclimbed route on the most notorious cliff in the Avon Gorge.
The devastating outcome of both ventures lead to a dramatic and unexpected resolution on a snow swept clifftop overlooking Dartmoor.

You don’t need to have any knowledge of, or interest in, climbing to enjoy this book. It is, in some respects, a right of passage story, about a young man learning the many faces of love and sex while at the same time coming to terms with his own mortality.

Cover: Anthony Felton making the initial moves on Cenotaph Corner (E1), Dinas Cromlech, Llanberis Pass, Thursday 30th July 1992. Photograph: David Hermelin