By Jenkins, Robert
In an unspecified time and location, an unnamed boy is living what he feels to be an idyllic life in the faded and peeling Lido where his father is a lifeguard. He idolises his father - never more so than when he saves the life of a suicidal man - and he comes to believe that her...oism is all. The arrest of his sister Lilly later that summer brings the halcyon days to an abrupt end, and his family is torn apart, with Lilly sent to jail and the boy set to a boarding house for dysfunctional boys, far away from his home - The Fell. He is young and afraid but the boys in the home become his family and they band together against their enemies, both real and imagined, they become family. The boy is an unreliable narrator, seeing the world and his place in it through a unique lens. He meets ghosts, hears voices and battles his fears but never questions his own version of reality. Anger spills over when he hears the girl he loves referred to as a twenty-dollar-whore and his actions lead him to run from The Fell. And run, And run...Read more
Robert Jenkins was born and raised in Walthamstow, east London, where he learned to swim in the city fountains. He travelled the world with his wife and children and back at home frequently worked with some of the most dangerous and notorious gangs and gangsters and the most damaged and beautiful people in society. He moved to New Zealand where he ran a boarding house for nearly 100 teenage boys. He made them run laps, box, make their beds, value loyalty and be comfortable in hilarious chaos. He read them poetry and encouraged each to learn a musical instrument although he plays none himself. He made them eat cabbage and salad and read books. In return they made him whisky and gin and taught him to shoot and hunt and marinate a cray fish. Today Rob works again with those on the wrong side of society, a place where he is comfortable.
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