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April 2, 2013 / ljbradburn-Smith

Falling Through The World

Falling through the world

A fictional novel about M.E is something which I had not come across until I read Falling through the World by the talented Rachel Clarke.

Thanks to Rachel, who suffers from M.E herself, I now have a much better grasp of how people with M.E feel as they live with this debilitating illness. I had no idea how suddenly this condition can take hold and how painful it can be. I know now that I was naive in thinking that it was just like feeling extremely tired and in not considering the other effects on the bodies and minds of sufferers.

The protagonist in this short novel, a teenage girl, is suddenly and unfairly struck down, by what first appears to be a mystery illness, when she is busy attending school, getting to know her new boyfriend and enjoying life with her best friend Ali. Her friends and family are desperate to see her get better which often results in her being the subject of arguments and being pushed and pulled in different directions. “Will I ever feel better?” and “can anyone really help?” are questions that spin around in Sarah’s mind constantly when she is well enough to even think. Falling Through the World follows Sarah’s ups and downs as she fights to recover what she once had and begins to see light in new places.

Not only has Rachel written a book that I am sure will give hope to any sufferer who reads it but she has made information about M.E more accessible to everyone else to help raise awareness of the condition. I can imagine that this book will be of great comfort to those supporting people with M.E too as it could give them an insight when perhaps their loved ones are too ill to. Knowing the author’s own struggle with this condition makes the fact that she has written this novel all the more inspiring. Rachel is proof that you can use your experiences to give hope to others.

The fact that this novel is about M.E is not the only thing that makes it great by any stretch of the imagination. Clarke’s characters are believable and well-developed, her descriptions beautifully detailed and brimming with feeling and her story of Sarah’s journey keeps the reader interested at all times. I think that a book about an illness has the potential to become much more about the actual illness than the characters but Rachel really gets inside her protagonist’s head and explores the psychological reactions and feelings that this teenage girl has to her life being so rudely interrupted. Like this book sufferers are defined by much more than their illness and that is what Rachel captures. Her book is not just about being ill but is about reclaiming your life.

Take it from me that this is well-worth a read – I know Rachel and she is even more wonderful, funny and inspirational than her book.



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  1. karleegould / Apr 2 2013 10:03 am

    I can vouch for this book – It’s fantastic !

  2. fallingthroughtheworld / Apr 2 2013 1:11 pm

    Thank you for the lovely review 😀 Have been enjoying your blog a great deal and hope I’ll be reviewing your book one day soon!

    • ljbradburn / Apr 2 2013 1:39 pm

      You are very welcome. Thanks very much :-), I hope you will be one day too. I think it is probably quite far off though, i’m not author material quite yet! x


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