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All Fall Down Paperback – 1 Mar 2012

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books; 1 edition (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407121723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407121727
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 431,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By elkiedee VINE VOICE on 18 July 2012
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All Fall Down is set in the 14th century, yet it reminds me a lot of the post apocalypse novels that fascinated and disturbed me during my teens, and indeed, the author herself describes the Black Death as very much an apocalyptic event in an Author's Note at the end.

Isabel is 14, and can't imagine any other life than living with her father, stepmother, younger brothers and sister, sharing the home with their animals, farming the land. Suddenly, the end of the world seems to have come, as sickness wipes out many of the people in her village including some of her own family. Isabel and her friend Robin, orphaned by the Black Death, and with Isabel's younger brother and sister to look after, have to work out a way to survive in this strange new world, and deal with the challenges of growing up and becoming adults.

Perhaps in some ways Isabel's character is a bit modern for a historical novel - the concept of the teenager and of there being a stage between dependent child and fully fledged adult didn't really exist until quite recently. Isabel has already been working on the land for years. Still, it makes for a very readable perspective on what it might have been like to be a young person in the past, and Nicholls mostly avoids too much softening of the harsh realities of the period. I found Isabel a convincing and believable character, and I think young people might well enjoy this presentation of historical events through the eyes of an ordinary girl, and imagining what it would be like to be her.

An enjoyable yet thought provoking read - now to look for my old post apocalypse books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annabel Gaskell VINE VOICE on 27 Sept. 2012
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Sally Nicholls is one of the best new writers of books for older children and teens. Her debut Ways To Live Forever, the diaries of an eleven year old boy dying from Leukaemia won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and marked her out as one to watch.

In All Fall Down, a lot more children die - but from the Black Death of 1349. The story of how the plague affects a village outside York is told by thirteen year old Isabel, the eldest daughter in a farming family in thrall to the local landowner. Isabel is nearing the cusp of womanhood, and she hopes she will go on to marry Robin, her childhood sweetheart. As the plague nears, life changes and soon people begin to die, some flee, but Isabel's family stay - for where would they go? When the disease takes her parents, she and Robin have to act as parents to her younger siblings. There being no-one left to order them to work, they take the opportunity to go to York with a merchant who has lost his own family. Isabel finds it hard to adapt to city ways and yearns to return to her village and farm again - now a free woman.

There is a lot of well-researched history in this novel, I learned lots about the period and the Black Death itself from it. Isabel's family life seemed hard work but idyllic, a picture of happy villeins farming their strips of land; maybe it didn't seem quite hard and muddy enough - although once people started falling ill, the overpowering stench of death was everpresent, even if most of the illness occurred off the page.

Isabel herself is at times a bit contrary - a caring girl but she scarcely shows it, except when she was worried about her beloved brother Geoffrey at the monastery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liberty Gilmore on 11 May 2013
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When I was a kid, I had a real obsession with the Plague. Morbid, I know, but I had this book that was all about diseases - in the fun, quirky illustrations, cartoony sort of way. Despite the cartoons though, it used to scare the hell out of me. Every time I felt even slightly ill I managed to convince myself I was going to die of the plague. And this was before you could Google your symptoms.

There's just something really scary about the thought of a plague that could kill more than half the population of Europe. It's a fear that has inspired a whole horde of modern preoccupations, from the Zombie apocalypse to superflu pandemics. All Fall Down plays on that fear, bringing it to life through Isabel, who has the misfortune to be stuck in the middle of Black Death's worst outbreak in history.

Isabel is not a particularly likeable character. She's a coward, equally selfish and fearful most of the time. But in the context of the story, it works. She's not got a massive quest to go on, requiring bravery and heart. She's stuck in her village while all her friends and family die around her, and her reactions to this are realistic, leaving you questioning how you would behave should you find yourself in that situation. Exactly the same, I would imagine.

It's a claustrophobic little tale, made worse by the fact that we now know why the plague spread, but the ignorance of people at the time meant they endangered themselves unknowingly. The story also brings to light how the absolute dregs of society acted - charging for digging graves and stealing from the homes of the dead. The dark side of human nature is illuminated, and it's about as pretty as a Black Death buboe.

A scary little story that fans of the grizzlier side of historical fiction will enjoy. The period is brought scarily to life.

Rating: 4/5
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