The Opposite of Falling
Costa-shortlisted author Jennie Rooney takes her readers back to the first giddying days of human flight in her much-anticipated follow-up to bittersweet wartime love story Inside the Whale
At Niagara Falls, one of the attractions is a red and blue striped hot air balloon offering rides over the rushing water. The balloon is a day-job for Toby O'Hara, a young man whose night-work is to continue to perfect his father's design for a flying machine.
On the other side of the Atlantic, Ursula Bridgewater, an independent woman from Liverpool, is ungraciously dumped by her fiancé, Henry Springton. Ursula turns to the thrill of travel as an escape, and her sights are soon set on Thomas Cook's famous new tour of America. She chooses a young orphan, Sally Walker, as her travelling companion, but Sally is never going to be quite as prepared for the land of freedom and opportunity as Ursula - and certainly not ready to accept Toby O'Hara's invitation to see Niagara from a great height...
Praise for The Opposite of Falling
Confirms that she's a writer to watchBella
This is poignant, quirky and delightfully originalWoman & Home
Rooney writes beautifully and has some clever ideasJohn Harding, Daily Mail
A fun read, the novel's charm lies in its quirky humourElizabeth Buchan, The Sunday Times
A breathtaking, uplifting novel'. 'All her talent- and Rooney is blessed with plenty of it- is poured into the wonderfully dark humour that abounds throughout the novelFiona Atherton, The Scotsman
A big-hearted paean to the adventure of discovering love ... Rooney's lightness of touch imbues her characters with poignancy and humour. Yet it's her ability to capture the ecstasy and fear of falling in love and rising to its expectations that makes this such a joyMickey Noonan, Metro
It's a fine, funny, unfussy novel that pays overdue tribute to those magnificent women in their flying machinesAlfred Hickling, Guardian
As effortlessly as Proust or Forster, she incorporates unexpected aperçusChristopher Hawtree, The Independent
A delightful taleGood Housekeeping
This is an assured second novel - and wonderful company for that long-overdue summer tripPress Assocation
Imaginative and transporting, but entirely unfussy and unsentimental, the novel is written with a glint in the eye that gives it that extra bit of wind beneath its wingsNicola Barr, Guardian