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"I too could not drag my eyes away from the scene in front of me. The cart had been unloaded and the first prisoner—a woman—was being helped up the steps to the guillotine. The executioner and his assistant pushed her forward onto a plank and shoved it through the machine. A sort of wooden brace held the neck still. The drums began to roll. The executioner reached for the pulley. I turned away my head and shut my eyes tight."

The Fall of the Blade: A Girl's French Revolution Diary[3] is a book written by Sue Reid. It was the twenty-first book to feature a girl protagonist in My Story and the forty-third overall. The book was published in June 2010 and was followed by Pamela Oldfield's Factory Girl.

The book follows Isabelle, the daughter of a former marquess, living during the Reign of Terror period of the French Revolution.


"For Alison and Rob"

Book description[]

"It's 1792. Isabelle, daughter of an aristocrat, lives in a chateau just outside Paris. But France is in the grip of the Revolution, and as terror takes hold of the city, Isabelle's family decide that they must flee to the countryside. But will they be safe there? Will they escape the guillotine's falling blade...?"


Historical Note[]


Main article: List of The Fall of the Blade characters
  • Isabelle, the thirteen-year-old daughter of a former marquis who begins a diary in secret as the revolution becomes more serious. Her family eventually finds themselves in danger.
  • François is Isabelle's reckless older brother who was attending college until all the institutions were closed. He has royalist sympathies which nearly gets the family in trouble.


Main article: Sue Reid

Sue Reid is an author of children's and young adult novels in the historical fiction genre. She has authored six books for the My Story series, including Mill Girl, War Nurse, Pompeii, Give Us the Vote!, and Lady Jane Grey. Reid was happy to write about the French Revolution since the period always fascinated her. She chose to set the story during 1792 since the period was becoming "more frightening" then.[4]



"My thanks go to Colin Jones, David Andress, Jo Daykin and Charles Palliser. I am particularly grateful to Graeme Fife for all his help and advice with this book."


  • The cover was illustrated by artist Richard Jones, whom illustrated all of the My Story books in its second relaunch.
  • The spine on the box set edition of the book leaves out the "The" in the title.


  2. The Fall of the Blade, Sue Reid, pages 143-144
  3. Stock photos have the subtitle "A Young Aristocrat's Diary," but the actual book has the subtitle as "A Girl's French Revolution Diary."
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See also[]

My Story

The Hunger | Voyage on the Great Titanic | The Crystal Palace | Blitz | My Tudor Queen | Twentieth-Century Girl
The Great Plague | The '45 Rising | Civil War | Trafalgar | The Trenches | Battle of Britain | Mill Girl | Transported
Armada | Crimea | Bloody Tower | Indian Mutiny | Zulu War | Mayflower | Agincourt | Suffragette | Waterloo | Slave Girl
Flying Ace | Anne Boleyn and Me | D-Day | Victorian Workhouse | Spy Smuggler | Desert Danger | War Nurse
U-Boat Hunter | The Queen's Spies

1st relaunch

Princess of Egypt | Pompeii | Road to War | Roman Invasion | Viking Blood | Highway Girl | Sophie's Secret War
The Storm to Come | The Sweep's Boy | The Fall of the Blade | Pyramid of Secrets | Factory Girl | Dodger!
No Way Back | Wartime Princess | London Stories | Berlin Olympics | Lady Jane Grey | Nowhere to Run

2nd relaunch

Codename Céline

3rd relaunch

Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan | Ignatius Sancho | Princess Sophia Duleep Singh | Mary Prince

My Royal Story

Victoria | Anastasia | Cleopatra | Marie Antoinette | Elizabeth | Mary, Queen of Scots | Henry VIII's Wives

My True Story

What If They Find Us? | Hero at Dunkirk | Standing Alone | Give Us the Vote!

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