The arrest of his sister Lilly later that summer brings the halcyon days to an abru ...more
British spellings on some words and the author's nationality are the only hints offered for those readers who positively must know what it is they are reading.
"The Fell" is Feallan House, a residential school for boys with troubled backgrounds. In our boy's cas ...more
This was a book that took me back to feelings of my teenage years (which yes, okay, were not that long ago) but specifically, it gave me a reminiscent feel of a more relatable version of catcher in the rye (with a main character you don't want to throttle!)
The Fell, by Robert Jenkins is a coming of age novel set in an undisclosed location with a nameless main character. We follow him from his young years, where he spent his time
Once you allow yourself to be absorbed by the pages however it is a riveting and intoxicating ride. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with The Fell and Jenkins’ storytelling and I can not wait for his ...more
I am 22 years old, male, studying literature at university and when I was at school, I used to board. More relevant than that, I was young (!) and faced the challenges of youth and I still do. The Fell resonates, it moves and entertains. It is entirely, perfectly authentic.
The Fell will shock, disturb, inspire, inform, entertain dependin ...more
On the boys journey to manhood Robert invites the reader to observe the protagonists widening experience of love as the story shifts from family to friends to early romantic love.
At times graphic and brutal, but also full of love, warmth, humour and hope this gripping story engages every emoti ...more
This is a fabulous book and should be on every creative writing curriculum. Jenkins takes the reader deep inside the troubled head of the narrator and creates an entirely absorbing world. The writing itself is incredibly clever, funny, sad, disturbing and uplifting. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys immersive reading.
Robert Jenkins’ new novel tells the story of a boy, unnamed, who is torn away from his family when his sister is imprisoned for attacking a police officer. What we learn later, in a letter he sends to his sister Lilly, is what happened to the family afterwards that resulted in ...more
I did initially struggle with the following chapters as the tale darkened and became more fragmented, but it cleverly follows the fractured psyche of the unnamed narrator.
Damaged, hearttwarming and challenging - these characters will haunt you.