Blenheim Orchard

Blenheim Orchard

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Ezra and Sheena Pepin live in Blenheim Orchard in North Oxford with their three children: fourteen-year-old Blaise, entering the storm-world of adolescence, Hector, eleven and precociously clever, and sweet Louie, three years old and the family tyrant. Ezra, a benignly disaffected employee at Isis Water, has abandoned his calling as an anthropologist; Sheena has inadvertently found hers running a travel company. They are like everyone else: over-worked, worried about the children, trying to steer their marriage on an even keel. But change comes knocking at the Pepins' door. Ezra is asked to head a bold new campaign at his workplace that could jump-start his stagnant career; Sheena in the meantime has an idea that she believes will refresh and renew her family; and Blaise - restless and curious - takes her first, heady steps into the adult world of sex and desire. The Pepin family will never be quite the same again Perceptive, thought-provoking, utterly compelling, Blenheim Orchard is both human drama at its most powerful and an acute portrait of the times we live in.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 153 x 234mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747586950
  • 9780747586951
  • 1,536,468

About Tim Pears

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.show more

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'Early 19th century France had Balzac: we have Pears to trace our fortunes and follies.' Elizabeth Buchan, The Times 'Tim Pears has carved a niche for himself as a chronicler of middle-class English family life. This makes him sound dull as ditchwater, when he's anything but. If most family sagas involve glamorous personalities and charming eccentricities, his are their dark shadow.' Independent on Sunday 'This is it. This is the real thing. This is whatever I mean by the work of a born writer.' A. S. Byatt 'Tim Pears has a God-given gift for characterisation, a superb sense of place and a generosity of spirit which is genuinely uplifting.' Time Outshow more

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62 ratings
2.79 out of 5 stars
5 5% (3)
4 23% (14)
3 32% (20)
2 27% (17)
1 13% (8)
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