The Falling Sky
A blackly comic campus satire combined with a heart-breaking family mystery, The Falling Sky brilliantly mixes fiction and astronomy into a fascinating, compelling and moving narrative.
Pippa Goldschmidt grew up in London, and lives in Edinburgh. She has a PhD in astronomy and worked as an astronomer for several years, followed by working in outer space policy. In 2012 Pippa was awarded a Scottish Book Trust/Creative Scotland New Writers Award. The Falling Sky is her first novel and was runner-up in the Dundee International Book Prize.
'A delicate and fascinating study of a life in which intellect and external microscopic and cosmic fields interact.' - Stephen Fry
'It's a complex portrait, handsomely done: proof if proof be needed that astronomers are people, too.' - The New Scientist
'Beautifully written, with many flashes of dark humour, it is fascinating... and is also a terrific portrayal of one woman's struggle with past tragedyâ€¦' - The Daily Mail
'The Falling Sky is beautifully written, uniting the cosmological and personal with effortless grace.' - Alastair Reynolds