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Summary

Acclaimed author of Summerwater and Ghost Wall Sarah Moss is back with a sharply observed and darkly funny novel for our 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 a two-week quarantine period, 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 March 2020 and the place it was before. Sarah Moss' novel is a story about compassion and kindness and what we must do to survive, and it will move you to tears. 

The Times audiobook of the week.

©2021 Sarah Moss (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

Critic reviews

"A tense page turner...I gulped The Fell down in one sitting." (Emma Donoghue)

"One of the best writers at work in Britain today." (Fiona Mozley, author of Elmet)

"One of our very best contemporary novelists." (Independent

"Moss is the most brilliant writer. She deserves to win all the prizes." (Joanna Trollope) 

"Moss’s star is firmly in the ascendant." (Guardian

"Gripping, thoughtful and revelatory." (Paula Hawkins)

"This slim, intense masterpiece is one of my best books of the year." (Rachel Joyce) 

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Thought Provoking.

Definitely not one for me! Although it made you think about life in general, focussing on the way people felt so isolated during Lockdown, I found it rather negative. The Narrator read too fast for me. I carried on listening till the ending which seemed too abrupt.Disappointing.

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Brilliant lockdown novel

Brilliant lockdown novel. The pressures on different people very realistically captured.
Narration was absolutely spot on too.

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Well read, good story

Good narrator, and interesting dip into a small communities lives during the pandemic covid restrictions.

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Hard to listen to as we face a third - or fourth - lockdown but I summed up so many of my feelings about it. Luckily where we live no one was reporting me for doing long runs, walks and bike rides every day. I could really empathise with Kate. As usual SM is brilliant at inner monologues and stream of consciousness narratives. Should be on a prize list somewhere. I’ll read the book once my library hold comes up. The narrator has an authentic northern accent which helped but I found the singing parts too much when running. The raven reminded me of crow in ‘grief is a thing with feathers’.

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A beautiful little book with excellent narration

Beautifully written and narrated. My only complaint is that the story is too short - it seems to be just getting going when it ends rather abruptly.

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Really dreary depressing story and the narration is irritatingly shrill and ranty. Also all the singing and the talking raven was cringeful and felt like padding. Give it a miss.