The Beautiful Fall

Read this now. Right now. Don’t even think of going near that door. Not until you know what’s going on. Your name is Robert Penfold. Age 31. The apartment you’re standing in is your home.

Every 179 days Robbie forgets everything. He knows this because last time it happened he wrote himself a letter explaining it. The disorientation. The fear. The bizarre circumstances imposed by the rare neurological condition he lives with.

To survive the forgetting—to cope with his recurring loss of identity—Robbie leads a solitary, regimented life. Lives alone. Speaks to no one if he can avoid it. Works to complete a strange herculean task set for him by his former self.

And then, with twelve days left before his next forgetting, Julie invades his life. Young, beautiful—the only woman he can ever remember meeting.

As the hour draws near, Robbie is forced to confront the fact that his past is very different from how he had imagined it. And when Julie reveals her own terrible secret, he must find a way to come to terms with the truth about himself.

The Beautiful Fall is a cinematic, page-turning romance. Both an intriguing puzzle and a compulsively readable love story, it will sweep you away.

Note: The Beautiful Fall is not currently available in the US

  • “This is a wonderful book – moving, intelligent and entertaining. I read it in a sitting.” — Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project

  • “…a fascinating idea that Breakey turns into both a philosophical inquiry and a thrilling race against time.” The Herald Sun.

  • “A compelling love story, filled with heart and propelled by unexpected twists.” Better Reading

  • “An engaging and dramatic Aussie romance novel that plumbs uncommon depths.” Booklover Book Reviews

  • “Romantic and quietly philosophical.” Kate Macintosh, Readings

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