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Four young people in 1970s’ London fuelled by love, betrayal and creative ambition

The intoxicating new novel from the number one bestselling author of The Outcast

London 1972. Luke is dazzled by the city. It seems a world away from the provincial town he has fled along with his own troubled past, and his new life is unrecognisable – one of friendships forged in pubs, candlelit power cuts, and smoky late-night parties.

When Nina, a fragile and damaged actress, strays into his path, Luke is immediately drawn to her and the delicate balance of his new life is threatened. Unable to stay away from her, Luke is torn between loyalty, desire and his own painful past, until everything he values, even the promise of the future, is in danger…

Longlisted for the IMPAC Prize


An intoxicating and immersive read... It is a fraught and compelling novel; one that replays itself uncomfortably in the mind long after it is finished

Lucy Atkins, Sunday Times

Intense... Ms Jones is unflinching as she plots the course of fallout with no shelter, of wounded lives undone by desperation in love and art

Carmela Ciuraru, New York Times

Written with a precision and a level of descriptive subtlety that puts her up there with our foremost novelists. I can't help but feel that if she had been born Samuel Jones she would already be considered on a par with the Barneses and McEwans of this parish... Fallout is crafted with a pared-back delicacy and attention to detail that shows an author determined to do better with every sentence. And at the same time, there is an intensity of focus, a merciless yet empathetic gaze directed towards each of the main characters that ensures we care deeply about each of them

Elizabeth Day, Observer

Hugely enjoyable... Fallout is both deliciously gobble-able and carefully constructed... A thoroughly pleasurable read

Holly Williams, Independent on Sunday

An intelligent, pacy tale... Every summer needs a One Day-style read; this book is a contender for that crown

Anne Ashworth, The Times

Absorbing and romantic... Will drag you in and keep you there until the very last page

Mernie Gilmore, Daily Express

Life-enhancing and compelling

Di Speirs, Psychologies

An emotionally charged fourth novel from Jones


Cements her reputation as a writer in the style of William Boyd: able to take on a variety of styles and mould them to her own voice

Viv Groskop, Red

Jones has artfully captured the era and the febrile atmosphere of London theatreland

Carla McKay, Daily Mail


Good Housekeeping

Fabulous period detail

Woman & Home

Even better than The Outcast

Natascha McElhone, Independent

Anyone who loved Sadie Jones' gripping debut novel The Outcast will be equally hooked by this fraught tale of creative ambition and betrayal in a radical theatre group of 1970s London


Few people combine emotional intelligence with commercial appeal so well… Jones writes so richly it’s like sinking into a luxurious bath


A vivid sense of period is combined with a real satirical edge

Mail on Sunday

Jones gives the appearances of being an effortlessly fluent writer. Her sentences tumble forth, occasionally surprising the reader with their odd perfection… Sadie Jones is that rare novelist who can deliver a satisfying plot without stylistic compromise

Alex Peake-Tomkinson, Times Literary Supplement

The novel captures, better than anything I’ve read, theatre’s febrile, ephemeral intensity

Samantha Ellis, Big Issue

Now I want to read her other books

William Leith, Evening Standard

An irresistible read

John Koski, Daily Mail

A page-turning read. We can think of no more worthwhile or enjoyable companion on holiday

A Little Bird (Blog)

Sadie Jones depicts the dark undercurrents of middle-class life with unerring skill, telling a powerful and disturbing story with insight and depth

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    August 3, 2015


    416 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook


    May 1, 2014

    Vintage Digital

    416 pages

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