Join author Tim Pears, in conversation with literary editor Alex Clark, as he shares stories from his own childhood in Devon, researching WWI and discusses how those experiences influenced his new book, The Horseman.
Tim Pears, prize-winning author of In the Place of Fallen Leaves, has created a Hardyesque pastoral novel set in Devon, 1911, about an unlikely friendship between two children, Leo Sercombe, a carter’s son, and Lottie Prideaux, daughter of the Master of the estate. Hallucinatory, beautiful and suffused with the magic of nature, it is the first in a dazzling new trilogy.
Be part of the Bloomsbury Book Club and join this fascinating talk and exclusive book signing with the lovely Tim Pears, plus complimentary wine and drinks with our esteemed speakers and like-minded guests. This event promises to be a literary night out unlike any other!
‘The pleasure of it lies in taking in the language and the setting – the West country, in 1911 and 1912 – and in reading it like a long poem, with each chapter a stanza’ Jane Smiley, Guardian
‘With hypnotic lyricism, Pears describes this bucolic Devon world’ Mail on Sunday
‘As a testament to a forgotten generation of countrymen it is unsurpassed and it goes very nicely indeed with a dark night, rain on the windowpane and a cosy armchair’ The Times
‘His prose is luminous … Pears’s fiction has been likened to Thomas Hardy’s, and the comparison is apposite. As a coming-of-age novel, The Horseman is wise and insightful. As a love story, it is moving and sincere. And as a portrayal of rural Edwardian England, it is powerful, vivid and humane’ Hannah Beckerman, Observer
Tim Pears grew up in Devon and left school at sixteen. His first novel, In the Place of Fallen Leaves, was published in 1993 and won the Hawthornden Prize and the Ruth Hadden Memorial Award. His second, In a Land of Plenty, was made into a ten-part BBC drama, broadcast in 2001. His other novels are A Revolution of the Sun, Wake Up, Blenheim Orchard, Landed (shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and the IMPAC Award,) Disputed Land and In the Light of Morning. He teaches creative writing and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Tim Pears lives in Oxford with his wife and children.
Alex Clark is a literary journalist and broadcaster who writes for the Guardian, the Observer, the Times Literary Supplement and the Spectator. She is a regular on BBC Radio 4, chairs numerous literary events and is an experienced judge of literary awards, including the 2008 Man Booker Prize; she is currently chair of the Encore Award for a second novel. She lives in London.
Come along and ask Tim your questions, hear fascinating discussion behind the WWI story told in The Horseman and meet other readers and fans at what promises to be a fascinating event! Tickets are strictly limited so do book early to avoid missing out.
Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP
Thursday, April 27th
6.00pm: Doors open and complimentary drinks in Bloomsbury’s beautiful conservatory
6.30pm: Author Tim Pears in conversation with literary journalist Alex Clark, followed by Q&A
This event is hosted in The Bloomsbury Room and Conservatory at Bloomsbury Publishing.