From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Summerwater, The Fell is a novel for our times - the story of a woman in quarantine who can't take it any more and goes hill-walking at dusk . . .
From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Summerwater, The Fell is a novel for our times – the story of a woman who can’t take isolation any more and goes hill-walking at dusk . . .
From Sarah Moss, the Sunday Times bestselling author of Summerwater and Ghost Wall, comes a story about the circumstances and the consequences of isolation.
‘A tense page-turner . . . I gulped The Fell down in one sitting’ - Emma Donoghue
‘Her work is as close to perfect as a novelist’s can be’ - The Times
At dusk on a November evening in 2020 a woman slips out of her garden gate and turns up the hill. Kate is in the middle of two weeks of Covid isolation, but she just can’t take it any more – the closeness of the air in her small house, the confinement. And anyway, the moor will be deserted at this time. Nobody need ever know.
But Kate’s neighbour Alice sees her leaving and Matt, Kate’s son, soon realizes she’s missing. And Kate, who planned only a quick solitary walk – a breath of open air – falls and badly injures herself. What began as a furtive walk has turned into a mountain-rescue operation . . .
Unbearably suspenseful, witty and wise, The Fell asks probing questions about the place the world has become since the first Covid lockdown in March 2020, and the place it was before. This novel is a story about compassion and kindness and what we must do to survive.
‘Gripping, thoughtful and revelatory’ - Paula Hawkins
‘This slim, intense masterpiece is one of my best books of the year’ - Rachel Joyce
‘One of our very best contemporary novelists’ - Independent
A slim, tense page turner that captures the precious warmth of human connection. I gulped The Fell down in one sitting -- Emma Donoghue
Moss writes so compassionately about human frailty while her own work is as close to perfect as a novelist’s can be * The Times *
Gripping, thoughtful and revelatory -- Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train
A funny, savage novel * Guardian *
Absorbing . . . ingeniously done . . . a humane, thoughtful reflection on the lockdown experience * Scotsman *
There is wit, there is compassion . . . This slim, intense masterpiece is one of my best books of the year -- Rachel Joyce
A one-sitting read . . . ambitious and immersive * Red *
Moss is strong on pastoral lyricism, and her characteristic humour is as piercing here as in her previous novels * The Times *
A masterfully tense, deeply empathetic novel . . . [a] tender, insightful exploration of the times we are living through -- Megan Hunter, author of The End We Start From
Always with steely precision, Moss has mined both the circumstances and the consequences of isolation . . . one of the very best British novelists writing today about contemporary life * Daily Telegraph *
She conjures the fretful confinement of the pandemic with colossal skill . . . deft and evocative . . . shrewd and moving * i *
The pandemic is spawning some fine writing, and this helter-skelter novel by Moss is one of the best yet -- Mail on Sunday
Moss perfectly simulates the stifling psychological confinement and ennui of locked-down life . . . a neat, atmospheric novel * Literary Review *
[The Fell] leaves the reader on tenterhooks as the story builds to its conclusion . . . Moss makes a strong case for social connection being as important as our physical health for survival * Daily Mirror *
Moss steps into other people’s shoes with impressive ease. Her prose is clear, low-key and compelling . . . Feelingly, but without sentimentality, Moss explores what happens when you find yourself teetering on the precipice * Herald *
A novel of our time . . . there may be a time when what is described here is, indeed, in the past, and a novel like The Fell will help us to remember * Church Times *
It seems ever more important that fiction acknowledge the truths the pandemic has revealed to us: how connected we all are, and how much we fear one another * Guardian *
[The Fell] confirms that Sarah Moss is a writer of remarkable power, control and deftness. She's funny, observant and very much of the moment * Oldie *
Dimensions: 197mm x 130mm x 11mm