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, decides to move the family to Brazil; 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 human drama at its most powerful. It is also an acute portrait of the times we live in. Tim Pears is a skilled, observant and deeply humane writer - and he is writing at the top of his form.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 33mm | 616g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Export ed
  • 0747588872
  • 9780747588870

Review quote

Early 19th century had Balzac: we have Pears to trace our fortunes and follies. 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. Byattshow more

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