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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409090885
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

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...

  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409090885
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

About the author

Jennie Rooney

Jennie Rooney was born in Liverpool in 1980. She read History at the University of Cambridge and taught English in France before moving to London to work as a lawyer. Her first novel, Inside the Whale, was a Richard and Judy debut choice, Tesco Book Club selection and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. The Opposite of Falling was published in 2010 and Red Joan in 2013.

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Praise for The Opposite of Falling

Confirms that she's a writer to watch


This is poignant, quirky and delightfully original

Woman & Home

Rooney writes beautifully and has some clever ideas

John Harding, Daily Mail

A fun read, the novel's charm lies in its quirky humour

Elizabeth 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 novel

Fiona 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 joy

Mickey Noonan, Metro

It's a fine, funny, unfussy novel that pays overdue tribute to those magnificent women in their flying machines

Alfred Hickling, Guardian

As effortlessly as Proust or Forster, she incorporates unexpected aperçus

Christopher Hawtree, The Independent

A delightful tale

Good Housekeeping

This is an assured second novel - and wonderful company for that long-overdue summer trip

Press 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 wings

Nicola Barr, Guardian

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