In the Place of Fallen Leaves

In the Place of Fallen Leaves

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This overwhelmingly hot summer everything seems to be slowing down in the tiny Devon village where Alison lives, as if the sun is pouring hot glue over it. 'This idn't nothin',' says Alison's grandmother, recalling a drought when the earth swallowed lambs, and the summer after the war when people got electric shocks off each other. But Alison knows her grandmother's memory is lying: this is far worse. She feels that time has stopped just as she wants to enter the real world of adulthood. In fact, in the cruel heat of summer, time is creeping towards her, and closing in around the more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 20mm | 158.76g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 0747578362
  • 9780747578369
  • 213,004

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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 Timesshow more

About Tim Pears

Tim Pears is the author of Wake Up (Bloomsbury, 2002), In a Land of Plenty (adapted into a major BBC TV series in 2001) and A Revolution of the Sun. He lives in Oxford with his wife and more

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272 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 25% (67)
4 40% (110)
3 23% (63)
2 7% (18)
1 5% (14)
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