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Fall by West Camel
About The Book
Twins Aaron and Clive have been estranged for forty years. Aaron still lives in the empty, crumbling tower block on the riverside in Deptford where they grew up. Clive is a successful property developer, determined to turn the tower into luxury flats.
But Aaron is blocking the plan and their petty squabble becomes something much greater when two ghosts from the past – twins Annette and Christine – appear in the tower. At once, the desolate estate becomes a stage on which the events of one scorching summer are relived – a summer that shattered their lives, and changed everything forever…
Grim, evocative and exquisitely rendered, Fall is a story of friendship and family – of perception, fear and prejudice, the events that punctuate our journeys into adulthood, and the indelible scars they leave – a triumph of a novel that will affect you long after the final page has been turned.
The past always traps you, for good or bad, it’s always waiting around the corner for the unexpected moment to appear.
I think this is a quite unique story; mixing family secrets and mysteries on an intriguing complex in Deptford. The story is told between two different lines, and with two perspectives of the twins that had been estranged from a long time, Aaron and Clive. The one that is trying to demolish the building they grew up in and the one that can’t leave the past without trying to solve it, staying at the building. As you can imagine, things will not be simple, there will be some female twins involved in the story too that will make this book more profound than you can expect.
I have to admit that this story has surprised me, in some ways it is too close to home; two twin brothers that don’t know much about their father because their mother has always been secretive about him.
I really don’t want to talk much about the plot, I don’t want to reveal too much, any simple detail could make the story lose the spark.
Just one little thing, it’s amazing the detail the author has put on describing the building, with all the secret passages and mysterious places hidden in plain sight that only the architect knows, Clive and Aaron’s mother.
This story covers secrets, lies and racism; but also love, friendship and hope.
A story to make us remember that everything has too many sides and you always have to remember to check both sides before making a decision.
I really recommend you to read this book slowly, absorbing all the details of the story and be delighted with the plot, it will leave you breathless.
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About The Author
Born and bred in south London – and not the Somerset village with which he shares a name – West Camel worked as an editor in higher education and business before turning his attention to the arts and publishing. He has worked as a book and arts journalist, and was editor at Dalkey Archive Press, where he edited the Best European Fiction 2015 anthology, before moving to new press Orenda Books just after its launch. He currently combines his work as editor at Orenda with writing and editing a wide range of material for various arts organisations, including ghost-writing a New-Adult novel and editing The Riveter magazine for the European Literature Network. He has also written several short scripts, which have been produced in London’s fringe theatres, and was longlisted for the Old Vic’s 12 playwrights project. Attend, his first novel was shortlisted for the Polari prize.