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Landed

By Tim Pears

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Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 March 2011
Brought up in the Anglo-Welsh borders by an affectionate but alcoholic and feckless mother, Owen Ithell s sense of self is rooted in his long, vivid visits to his grandparents small farm in the hills. There he is deeply impressed by his grandfather s primitive, cruel relationship with his animals and the land. As an adult he moves away from the country of his childhood to an English city where he builds a new life, working as a gardener. He meets Mel, they have children. He believes he has found happiness and love of a sort. But following a car accident, in which his daughter is killed and he loses a hand, the course of his life and the lives of those he loves is changed forever. Owen, unable to work, alienated and eventually legally separated from his family, is haunted by suicidal thoughts. In his despair, he resolves to reconnect with both his past and the natural world. Abducting his children, he embarks on a long, fateful journey, walking to the Welsh borders of his childhood.In his confusion his journey is a grasping at some kind of an understanding of his loss. Powerful, richly evocative and perfectly poised between the hope of redemption and the threat of irrevoca

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The powerful and richly evocative new novel from acclaimed prize-winning author Tim Pears.

About the Author

Tim Pears is the author of five novels- In the Place of Fallen Leaves (which won the Hawthornden Prize and the Ruth Hadden Memorial Award), In a Land of Plenty, A Revolution of the Sun, Wake Up and Blenheim Orchard. In a Land of Plenty was made into a ten-part BBC TV series. Tim Pears has also received the Lannan Award in the USA. He lives in Oxford.

Reviews

"This novel really sang to me....artfully sculpted, more layered, more powerfully elegiac. This is a really beautiful novel." -- Barbara Trapido "Pears is a remarkable prose stylist...Landed offers rich pickings." * The Times * "Pears is back on top form in this beautifully crafted story...Thrillingly well-observed...The ending is a powerful blend of poignancy and moral ambivalence... If one of the tasks of a novelist is to open our eyes to the world around us, Pears has executed that task with rare aplomb." * Sunday Telegraph * "Beautifully and evocatively written" * Scotsman * "powerful: it shows the grief that overwhelms a parent at the death of a child and...the darkness that lies beneath the surface of a superficially happy family...There is no denying Pears' achievement in the character of Owen, a raw, desperate man even before he is filled with grief, and his deeply poetic descriptions of an old-fashioned life on the land." * Daily Telegraph *

EAN: 9780099537472
ISBN: 0099537478
Publisher: Windmill Books
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.8 centimetres (0.24 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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