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Falling Upwards [Kindle Edition]

Alisha Sufit
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SUMMARY: Two years after her husband abandons her for another woman, Sophie Luce is descending into depression, her drinking increasingly out of control. Her teenage son has left for university and, apart from Anya, her eccentric Polish lodger, she lives alone in a rambling house in north London, struggling to cope. The upstairs boiler breaks down and Sophie can no longer postpone repair; her search for a solution catapults her into an unexpected and bizarre chain of events, dramatic and macabre, that change her life for ever.

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About the Author

Alisha Sufit was the singer-songwriter with the band Magic Carpet, whose eponymous first album was originally released in 1972 on the Mushroom (UK) label. She has released three other albums on the Magic Carpet Records label, Love And The Maiden, Alisha Through The Looking-Glass and Once Moor, plus she is the author of a short collection of poetry entitled Moon Clippings. She lives in London, UK, with her husband and cat.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 440 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Magic Carpet Books; 1 edition (27 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AEW4YGK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,044,252 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alisha Sufit is an artist, musician, poet and author. She was the singer songwriter with the 1970s band Magic Carpet, whose eponymous album released in 1972 has since become a sought after collectable. It was an early example of Indian influenced 'psychedelic' folk-based music.

She studied painting and etching at Chelsea School of Art, London, and the Ecole Nationale Superieure Des Beaux Arts in Paris, followed later by a post graduate course at Central St Martin's. Some of her artwork and poetry can be viewed at www.alishasufit.com

From the late 1960s she has written poetry, songs, short stories and more recently the novel Falling Upwards. She has also published a small book of poetry entitled Moon Clippings. She lives in north London with her husband and cat, and continues with creative pursuits.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I don't normally read this sort of thing. 22 Dec. 2012
Format:Paperback
Recently, on my Facebook profile, I posted a status update questioning why so many reviewers start their reviews on Amazon by saying, "I don't normally read this sort of thing." Surely, I asked, they must realise that this is just going to negate the value of their opinion to those that DO normally read this sort of thing?

I have been long aware of Alisha Sufit's work as a musician and songwriter and have been on her mailing list for some time. When I received one of her regular mailings yesterday, promoting her new novel, I was to say the least intrigued. As a regular book reviewer for the British Fantasy Society website, I decided to write to Ms. Sufit asking for more details and if she'd be willing to send me a review copy.

Ms. Sufit wrote back immediately, to inform me that her book didn't really have any fantasy elements as such, and was actually more the sort of thing that would be considered "womens' fiction", but she'd be happy to send me a review copy anyway, if I wished. Curiosity got the better of me, so I told her to send away, warning her that I did have a huge review backlog, so she shouldn't expect anything back from me very soon.

When I transferred the review copy to my Kindle, I decided to read just a little, to see if it was any good at all. The fact is, these days anyone can publish a book and depressingly large numbers turn out to be, if not actually badly-written (although plenty are) but to not have been properly edited, leaving them full of typos and errors that make them a chore to read.

This was definitely not the case here. The book is very well-written indeed, with a lead protagonist who engages immediately with the reader. Sophie is separated from her husband. Her son is away at Uni and her parents are both recently deceased.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down. 13 Jan. 2013
Format:Paperback
I would describe this novel as intelligent, romantic, fiction with added helpings of philosophy and humour for good measure.
But most importantly, it is an immediate and grippingly, good read.
ie. It draws you in from the first paragraph and keeps your attention right until the end. It is beautifully written and I couldn't put the bloody thing down till I'd finished it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I don't normally read this sort of thing. 4 April 2013
By David L. Brzeski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Recently, on my Facebook profile, I posted a status update questioning why so many reviewers start their reviews on Amazon by saying, "I don't normally read this sort of thing." Surely, I asked, they must realize that this is just going to negate the value of their opinion to those that DO normally read this sort of thing?

I have been long aware of Alisha Sufit's work as a musician and songwriter and have been on her mailing list for some time. When I received one of her regular mailings yesterday, promoting her new novel, I was to say the least intrigued. As a regular book reviewer for the British Fantasy Society website, I decided to write to Ms. Sufit asking for more details and if she'd be willing to send me a review copy.

Ms. Sufit wrote back immediately, to inform me that her book didn't really have any fantasy elements as such, and was actually more the sort of thing that would be considered "womens' fiction", but she'd be happy to send me a review copy anyway, if I wished. Curiosity got the better of me, so I told her to send away, warning her that I did have a huge review backlog, so she shouldn't expect anything back from me very soon.

When I transferred the review copy to my Kindle, I decided to read just a little, to see if it was any good at all. The fact is, these days anyone can publish a book and depressingly large numbers turn out to be, if not actually badly-written (although plenty are) but to not have been properly edited, leaving them full of typos and errors that make them a chore to read.

This was definitely not the case here. The book is very well-written indeed, with a lead protagonist who engages immediately with the reader. Sophie is separated from her husband. Her son is away at Uni and her parents are both recently deceased. At the beginning of the book she shares her huge house with a couple of lodgers, but the day to day running of things is getting too much for her. Central to this is the malfunctioning water heating system, around which the major events of the book initially revolve.

The first half of the book is darkly comic, as Sophie's efforts to get that boiler working involve a series of amateur and professional tradesmen, one of which ends up dead. In the midst of all that chaos, the offending boiler is finally fixed by Tasos, a Cypriot, who really complicates her life. I couldn't help but be reminded of `Shirley Valentine' in this story of a mature Englishwoman and her relationship with the Greek man she hires. I couldn't help thinking that it was a shame that Tom Conti isn't still in his forties, as this book would work so well as a film, or TV drama.

If Sophie's life wasn't complicated enough, this is the point at which her husband reveals that he's split up with the woman her left her for and wants to come back! I'm not going to say any more about the plot, for fear of leaving no surprises.

I stated that there were no fantasy elements in the book. That's not completely true. There's one scene that strays very close to magical realism. Still, I didn't really see it as a fit for the British Fantasy Society website, so I decided to post my review on Amazon instead.

So, I repeat...

I don't normally read this sort of thing.
I decided to have a quick look at the first few pages.
I finished the book in two sittings!
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