The Fall by Simon Mawer
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Rob Ross is driving home when he hears that his childhood friend Jim Matthewson has fallen to his death in a climbing accident. Rob's decision to turn his car around and make the journey to comfort Jim's widow is the beginning of a journey into the past, back to Rob's youth before he made the pivotal choices that now come back to haunt him.
Simon Mawer skillfully unveils the delicate layers of history in the lives of a group of people connected over the years by camaraderie, love, competition, and lust. In the shadow of an old love triangle lies the story of another, and as we follow the characters from London during the Blitz to the mountain ranges of the Alps and back to present-day Wales, Mawer reveals how the agonies of the past impinge upon the present.
This is an intelligent, thought-provoking love story by a bril-liant, masterful novelist.

About Simon Mawer

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Simon Mawer is the author of the national best sellers Trapeze and The Glass Room, which was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Mendel's Dwarf was named a New York Times Notable Book and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Mawer's other novels include The Fall (winner of the Boardman Tasker Prize) and The Gospel of Judas. English by birth, he has made Italy his home for more than thirty years.
Published May 7, 2009 by Back Bay Books. 384 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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The Welsh Guy Matthewson is widely known as a climber by the time the considerably younger Diana Sheridan—on a walking tour with friends—meets the famous man, goes climbing alone with him, stays overnight in his hotel—and falls hopelessly in love, as he does with her.

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The Fall by Simon Mawer 442pp, Little, Brown, £12.99 'Don't you grow out of happiness?' By middle age it has evaporated and solidified into contentment.

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On a wider scale, too, the mysteries that run beneath the novel's surface - in particular the question of Rob's parentage - are so readily soluble to the reader that their epic unravelling begins to drag.

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Mawer gradually reveals that the complications began before either Jamie or the narrator were born, describing the kindling of romance between Jamie's father, himself a mountain climber, Rob's mother and Jamie's mother in England during the heady years of World War II.

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Upon hearing of his death, Jamie's boyhood friend and climbing partner, Rob Dewar, leaves his family behind in London and goes to Wales to console Jamie's widow, Ruth, and find some answers.

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