The Fell

Robert Jenkins


Apr 25, 2019


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In an unspecified time and location, an unnamed boy is living what he feels to be an idyllic life in the faded and peeling Lido where his father is a lifeguard. He idolises his father – never more so than when he saves the life of a suicidal man – and he comes to believe that heroism is all.

The arrest of his sister Lilly later that summer brings the halcyon days to an abrupt end, and his family is torn apart, with Lilly sent to jail and the boy set to a boarding house for dysfunctional boys, far away from his home – The Fell. The boys in the home become his family and they band together against their enemies, both real and imagined, they become family.

The boy sees the world and his place in it through a unique lens. He meets ghosts, hears voices and battles his fears. What he never does, however, is question his own version of reality.

When the boy's fear and hatred of authority come to a head, everything is thrown into disarray and his action lead him to run from the Fell. And run, and run . . .

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About the author

Robert Jenkins was born and raised in Walthamstow, East London, where he played in the streets and learned to swim in city
fountains. Running wild was his heritage but he also wrote plays, poetry, novels and short stories. Straddling realities can happen in great cities. He travelled the world with his wife and children and back at home lived and worked with some of the most challenged and challenging, colourful and beautiful people in society. Heading back overseas he ran a boarding house for nearly 100 teenage boys. He made them run laps, box, make their beds, value loyalty and be comfortable in hilarious chaos. He read them poetry and encouraged each to learn a musical instrument although he plays none himself. He made them eat cabbage and salad and read books. In return they made him whisky and gin and taught him to shoot straight, breathe deeply, and marinate a crayfish. Today Rob works again with those on the wrong side of society, a place where he is comfortable.

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