- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (18 July 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747578362
- ISBN-13: 978-0747578369
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Highly atmospheric ... It had an intoxicating, magical quality which completely beguiled me' Jeremy Paxman, Independent 'Constantly delightful and constantly surprising ... This novel is something completely new and exciting ... Comic and wry and elegiac and shrewd and thoughtful all at once. Please read it' A. S. Byatt 'The writing is so genuine. Nothing is posturing or romanticised. The characters really touched me. There's so much talent here' Barbara Trapido 'A remarkable first novel, which renders domestic detail fascinating and makes it quite possible to believe in magic' Sunday Times
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'Constantly delightful and constantly surprising This novel is something completely new and exciting Comic and wry and elegiac and shrewd and thoughtful all at once. Please read it' A.S. BYATT, Daily Telegraph
'The writing is so genuine. Nothing is posturing or romanticised. The characters really touched me. There's so much talent here' BARBARA TRAPIDO
'Reminiscent of Faulkner and Garcia Marquez, the writing retains a very English scale A triumph Sensitive, heart-warming and hallucinatory' MAX RODENBECK, Financial Times
'It is most beautifully written, hypnotic as Proust, very funny and full of love that doesn't cloy It is a dreamy, easy, wonderful read - and quite remarkable for a first novel' JANE GARDAM
'A remarkable first novel, which renders domestic detail fascinating and makes it quite possible to believe in magic' Sunday Times
'Highly atmospheric It had an intoxicating, magical quality which completely beguiled me' JEREMY PAXMAN, Independent
'By turns elegiac, moving and extremely funny, Pears is also unafraid to muscle up his formidable powers of Proustian evocation. An extraordinarily promising debut' Time Out
'Long in abeyance, the English rural novel flourishes again in Tim Pears' story of a 13-year-old Devon farmgirl's confrontation with sex, death and the weather an unusually welll-made novel which, through being less English than one would expect, produces a very English kind of magic' GILES FODEN, Independent on Sunday
'It is tricky coming across a novel you want to praise to the skies. Cool dispassionate criticism is much safer. But Tim Pears' "In The Place of Fallen Leaves" is more perfect than any first novel deserves to be' JENNIFER SELWAY, Observer
'An engaging, well-written and original novel. Pears could write about doing the washing up and make it interesting' PHILIP HENSHER, Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Tim Pears takes some liberties with the background to his story, describing 1984 as the hottest and driest in year in living memory. In fact, although the spring and summer of that year were indeed unusually warm and dry, if not quite as hot as the summer of 1976, the autumn, especially September and October when most of the book takes place, was unusually wet. Nevertheless, the countryside described here is a place of fierce heat, baked and parched dry by the sun, a place of lassitude, lethargy and idleness. That idleness is sometimes enforced- when the normal time comes for Alison and the other children to return to school they are unable to do so because of a teachers' strike.
Unlike some writers about English rural life, Pears does not concentrate on descriptions of nature and the beauties of the countryside. He is more interested in human life and concentrates more on descriptions of people and how they act, as seen through Alison's eyes. Like most of the villagers, Alison's family are farmers, and many of her reminiscences are of them. The most tragic member of the family is her father, who has sunk into a state of near imbecility, his mind and memory rotted by alcoholism.Read more ›
In his novel, Notwithstanding: Stories from an English Village, based on rural life in the English county of Surrey, author Louis de Bernières calls IN THE PLACE OF FALLEN LEAVES by Tim Pears a "beautiful book." And, indeed, it is.
IN THE PLACE OF FALLEN LEAVES is set in the rusticity of Devon, a south coast shire further to the west of Surrey and one short of that of Land's End, Cornwall. It's the end of a stifling hot summer in the year 1984, and the main character is thirteen-year old Alison, who lives with her two older brothers, Tom and Ian, her older sister Pamela, and her parents and grandparents on a generations-held farm somewhere near the mouth of the Teign River in the triangle of land formed by the towns of Exeter, Torquay, and Newton Abbot.
Alison serves as the narrator of/participant in contemporary events of that September and October and as chronicler of past family history before her time. From the tenor of her narrative, the reader can almost feel the heat that oppresses the region and taste the dust that swirls off the parched land.Read more ›
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Laurie Lee rides again. Perfect if you want another pint of Rosie's cider.Published 3 months ago by Chris
Very descriptive and evocative of country and family life on a Devon farm in the nineties, a decade with good memories for me before technology totally ruled the world!Published 4 months ago by Gill Morrell
A leisurely start, but a great family saga with a fine conclusion.Published 11 months ago by R J JENKINS
Slow but beautifully written - a book that needs time, then is deeply satisfying portrait of English rural lifePublished 17 months ago by Jane Wilson-Howarth
Alison is a young teenager growing up on a farm in a tiny, isolated Devon village. In an exhausting, relentlessly hot summer of 1984, Alison starts the transition towards... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mr Blue Sky
Wonderful description of deepest Devon where real human values existed, seen through the eyes of an adolescent girl in the period when her future was being systematically destroyed... Read morePublished 20 months ago by The luddite
This was the first Tim Pears novel that I had read. It was slow to start but I found it captivating and compelling. Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2013 by Clouds Hill
an unusualand captivating piece of writing
I am finding it hard to put down
thoroughly recommend this one for those who like a really good read