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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; First Printing edition (5 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747586950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747586951
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 24.1 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,698,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Pears was born in Kent in 1956. He has written novels and short stories, and occasional essay-length articles on sport. In the Place of Fallen Leaves was awarded the Hawthornden Prize in 1993; Tim received a Lannan Award in America in 1996; In a Land of Plenty was made into a ten-part series for the BBC in 2001. Tim enjoys teaching creative writing, which he's done a good deal of, including for Ruskin College, The Arvon Foundation and the University of Oxford International Summer School. He lives with his wife and children in Oxford, where his favourite pastimes are managing one of the teams in Summertown Stars football club, playing tennis, and walking wherever there are trees.

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`Pears is a master at drawing significance out of the everyday ... a lasting portrait of a family breaking apart' -- Sunday Times

`Pears's portrait of domestic life is uncomfortably vivid, and though much of the narrative wanders along without apparent purpose, it carries a venomous sting in the tail' -- Mail on Sunday

`This is a brilliantly insightful family saga, full of comedy and sadness, and the dilemma of modern fatherhood are particularly well handled.' -- Daily Mail

About the Author

Tim Pears is the author of four 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 and Wake Up. In a Land of Plenty was made into a ten-part BBC TV series. Tim Pears also received the Lannan Award in USA. He lives in Oxford.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Common Reader TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 May 2007
Format: Hardcover
A rare treat - another book from the marvellous Tim Pears. It is hard to find superlatives to describe this novel, so I will limit myself to words which may persuade others to read it. On the face of it, Blenheim Orchard follows an Oxford family through a few months of their lives in 2003. But this is no sentimental family saga. Ezra and Sheena Peppin have three children, and the book deals with themes of middle-age and parenthood, while adolescence disturbs well-established family structures. It deals with friendship and work relationships, and the struggle we all have to come to terms with the circumstances of our lives while remaining sane.

This family are articulate and highly educated, and it is amusing to see Ezra and Sheena try to maintain their sense of "specialness" while teenage Blaise blows holes through so many of their pretensions and fake values. The failings of both parents are exposed from time to time, but this book is not an attack on the Peppins, but compassionately describes their struggle to live authentic lives among the cultural changes and work pressures of modern life.

This is a book which draws you in to the Peppins' world, so that when you put it down you find yourself wondering what will happen next. It's a book you read quickly but also want to make last a few days - a difficult task for this reader. I have recently read Gerard Woodward's "A Curious Earth", another exploration of family life, and would say that these two books are the best I have read this year. This one is highly recommended and if I could award five and a half stars I would do so.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Ralph on 6 April 2007
Format: Hardcover
Having read everything Tim Pears has written and noting that this book hasn't been trumpeted to the skies by the publisher, I just have to say it is staggeringly good. On the surface a simple story of a middle class family in Oxford over the course of the summer of 2003, it is, in fact, a devastating critique on our society and its moral vacuity as well as being an entertaining pageturner. The sense of impending disaster is palpable and I was utterly gripped from the first page to the last. Buy it, read it and then read his other books. The man is an unsung genius.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Richardson on 15 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
He's a brilliant author - deals with domestic British love and the disintegration of relationships better than almost anyone except Glen Duncan. While it should not stop anyone from reading Blenheim Orchard, I can't understand why nobody has commented on its similarity to Revolutionary Road.
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One feels for the people caught up in this heart-breaking family saga, but one often smiles, reading about their struggles to keep things together, each of them locked in their private and individual assumptions and expectations, often getting things wrong, while endeavouring to get it right. The family consists of Ezra and Sheena, the parents, Blaise, the eldest at fourteen, and two boys, Hector aged 11, with three-year-old Louie an unplanned but much adored addition. What goes wrong? Well, almost everything. Ezra was a highly promising anthropologist, who spent his early career in Paraguay, studying a remote tribe and his stories of the tribal traditions are hair-raising to say the least. But he came home and married the fiercely independent-minded Sheena and got a job to keep them solvent in a small bottled water company, which, over the years proceeded to become, potentially, a major force in the business world. Sheena is involved in a protest to preserve a tract of land known as the Wasteland, and when this escapade fails, she continues her casual liaisons.

Then, prompted by a conversation with mutual friends Simon and Minty, Sheena suggests the family decamp to Brazil so Ezra can continue his anthropological work, he at first agrees, but as their daughter rapidly embarks on leaving adolescence behind, the idea falters. Blaise has no interest in going to Brazil - she has quite other ambitions.

The setting up of the final denouement is fraught with the worries and tensions of modern existence, brilliantly stitched together by Tim Pears. Each character is given their due and more, and we understand how things, as the saying goes, "things fall apart." This is a brilliantly insightful piece of work, a novel that genuinely saddens even as it makes you wryly smile, nod, yes, oh yes, this is so often how it is. A truly excellent novel.
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