1 Mar 2013

Falling Through the World

Book Review by Louise Sargent

Falling Through the World by Rachel Clarke
Paperback & eBook; 192 pages
Lunette Publishing, 2012
RRP £5.99; ISBN 978-0-9573370-0-8

 

If I were to describe Rachel Clarke’s debut novel in one word, it would be ‘Refreshing’. Medical books dominate many of our shelves but here we are drawn into the world of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis in fiction. Rachel has used her own experience with M.E. to create a unique picture of life with this debilitating neurological disease.

Falling Through the World introduces us to Sarah, a charismatic fifteen-year-old, as she shares her life with us over three years. We witness the challenges of her diminishing health and the effects it has on her progressing life. I could certainly relate to Sarah’s experience, having become ill at a young age myself, and recalled similar moments in my own journey. I was unsure about the use of an M.E. clinic in the book; a comprehensive service that is greatly needed in real life, although we can but hope such facilities will be available to us one day.

The words flow from the pages with great ease and realism, whilst maintaining a wonderful sense of humour throughout. I highly recommend this courageous book to teenagers and young adults living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Falling Through the World also provides a new option for anyone wishing to know more about this extensive condition.