The View on the Way Down

Rebecca Wait

10 April 2014
320 pages


'Brilliant' - Stylist
'Unforgettable' - Easy Living

Emma used to have two brothers, but five years ago Kit died and on the day of his funeral Jamie left home and never came back. Their parents never talk about what drove their son away. But now Emma is older she is beginning to ask questions - and she's never given up hope that she will see Jamie again. Told with honesty and warmth, The View on the Way Down is the story of a devastating act of brotherly love that will open your eyes even as it breaks your heart. From the acclaimed author of I'm Sorry You Feel That Way.

'So compassionate, so heartbreaking . . . the story wouldn't let me go' - Shelley Harris
'It lingers with you, and for those who have suffered similar things, it echoes truth.' - Guardian

The View on the Way Down is a novel that deserves to win awards as well as a huge readership. It’s a wise, honest, wonderful read that marks Rebecca Wait not just as a writer to watch out for, but one to appreciate now.’ Daniel Clay, author of Broken
The View on the Way Down is deeply moving – yet unsentimental – and profound, and has a family secret at the heart of it that will remain with you for a long time after you finish reading. It is a novel that needed to be written and which will touch many people . . . a fine achievement.’ Mark Gartside, author of What Will Survive
'The View on the Way Down is written with great sympathy and an aching tenderness. Rebecca Wait’s evocative storytelling is alive to the tragedies and miracles of everyday life, illuminating the grey area between protecting and deceiving the ones we love.' Laura Harrington, author of Alice Bliss