Claire Nelson joins us to discuss her debut memoir, Things I Learned From Falling (HarperOne).
The gripping first-person account of one woman's survival in Joshua Tree National Park against the odds.
"A vibrantly physical book"—The Guardian • "Uplifting and brave"—Stylist • "A riveting account of loneliness, anxiety and survival"—Cosmopolitan
About Things I Learned From Falling
In 2018, writer Claire Nelson made international headlines when she fell over 25 feet after wandering off the trail in a deserted corner of Joshua Tree. The fall shattered her pelvis, rendering her completely immobile. There Claire lay for the next four days, surrounded by boulders that muffled her cries for help, but exposed her to the relentless California sun above. Her rescuers had not expected to find her alive.
In Things I Learned from Falling Claire tells not only her story of surviving, but also her story of falling. What led this successful thirty-something to a desert trail on the other side of the globe from her home where no one knew she would be that day? At once the unbelievable story of an impossible event, and the human journey of a young woman wrestling with the agitation of past and anxiety of future.
About the Author
Claire Nelson is a New Zealand-born writer who has spent more than a decade in London working in food and travel journalism, including more than five years at Jamie Oliver’s magazine. She has also written for Elle, Food and Travel, Trek & Mountain, Lodestars Anthology, and Westjet Canada. Things I Learned from Falling is her first book. She lives in Toronto.
Signe Johansen is a food and drink writer whose most recent book is the paperback edition of SOLO: THE JOY OF COOKING FOR ONE (Bluebird Books 2021) She is also the co-author of SMÖRGÅSBORD: Deliciously Simple Modern Scandinavian Recipes with Peter's Yard, and she wrote a drinks book called SPIRITED. Her SCANDILICIOUS cookbooks were released by Saltyard Books in 2011 and 2012. Occasionally she writes books which start with letters other than 'S', like HOW TO HYGGE. Find her on Twitter and Instagram: @SigneSJohansen”