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      Fourth Estate

      An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

      1 London Bridge Street

      London SE1 9GF


      First published in Great Britain by Fourth Estate in 2015

      Copyright © Will Smith 2015

      Cover photograph © Mark Owen/Trevillion Images

      Will Smith asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work.

      A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library.

      ‘The Boy in the Bubble’ Words by Paul Simon, Music by Paul Simon and Forere Motloheloa, Copyright © 1986 Paul Simon (BMI), International Copyright Secured, All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission. ‘Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes’ Words and Music by Paul Simon, Beginning by Paul Simon and Joseph Shabalala, Copyright © 1986 Paul Simon (BMI), International Copyright Secured, All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission. ‘Fame’ Words and Music by Michael Gore and Dean Pritchard © 1980, Reproduced by permission of EMI Affiliated Catalog Inc., London W1F 9LD. ‘Jigsaw’ Words and Music by Fish, Mark Kelly, Pete Trewavas and Steve Rothery © 1984, Reproduced by permission of Charisma Music Publishing Co Ltd/EMI Music Publishing Ltd, London W1F 9LD.

      This novel is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events or locales is entirely coincidental.

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      Source ISBN: 9780007594269

      Ebook Edition © February 2015 ISBN: 9780007594283

      Version: 2015-12-23


      For Peter.

      A rock on the Rock.



       Title Page

       Chapter 5: Rob

       Chapter 6: Colin

       Chapter 7: Rob

       Chapter 8: Colin

       Chapter 9: Rob

       Chapter 10: Colin

       Chapter 11: Barney

       Chapter 12: Colin

       Chapter 13: Louise

       Chapter 14: Christophe

       Chapter 15: Emma

       Chapter 16: Louise

       Chapter 17: Colin

       Chapter 18: Louise

       Chapter 19: Emma

       Chapter 20: Louise

       Chapter 21: Colin

       Chapter 22: Barney

       Chapter 23: Colin

       Chapter 24: Rob

       Chapter 25: Colin

       Chapter 26: Rob

       Chapter 27: Colin


       About the Author

       About the Publisher



       Thursday, 8 October 1987

      Hundreds of feet below where Colin Bygate sat on a moss-covered rock, the Atlantic was eating away the coast. Huge surges rolled in to fling up their spray as they hit the cliff-base, then sprang back to collide with the next incoming wave and send a line of water skyward. The sinking sun gave the brilliant

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