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About The Book
From the prize-winning author of In the Place of Fallen Leaves comes a beautiful,hypnotic pastoral novel reminiscent of Thomas Hardy, about an unexpected friendshipbetween two children, set in Devon in 1911
1911. In a forgotten valley, on the Devon-Somerset border, the seasons unfold, markedonly by the rituals of the farming calendar. Twelve-year-old Leopold Sercombe skipsschool to help his father, a carter. Skinny and pale, with eyes as dark as sloes, Leodreams of a job on the Master's stud farm.
As ploughs furrow the hard January fields, the Master's daughter, young Miss Charlotte,shocks the estate's tenants by wielding a gun at the annual shoot. Spring comes, Leowatches swallows build their nests, hedgerows thrum with life and days lengthen intosummer. Leo is breaking a colt for his father when a boy dressed in a Homburg,breeches and riding boots appears. Peering under the stranger's hat, he discoversCharlotte.And so a friendship begins, bound by a deep love of horses, but divided byrigid social boundaries - boundaries that become increasingly difficult to navigate asthey approach adolescence...
Hallucinatory, beautiful and suffused with the magic of nature, this tale of an unlikelyfriendship and the loss of innocence builds with a hypnotic power. Evoking the realitiesof agricultural life with precise, poetic brushstrokes, Tim Pears has created a masterful,Hardyesque pastoral novel. The first in a dazzling new trilogy, The Horseman is hisgreatest achievement.
"This is it. This is the real thing. This is whatever I mean by the work of a born writer ...The novel is comic, and wry, and elegiac, and shrewd and thoughtful all at once. Pleaseread it'" Daily Telegraph on In the Place of Fallen Leaves, A. S. Byatt
"Too subtle to be sentimental, too well written to be obvious. The author is a giftedstoryteller, steeped in country lore and the beauty of ordinary events. Like Thomas Hardywhose kindred spirit quietly animates these pages, he is concerned with the dignity ofwork, the force of destiny and the consequences of human passion" - New York TimesBook Review
About The Author
Tim Pears is the author of eight novels: In the Light of Morning, In the Place of FallenLeaves (winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the Ruth Hadden Memorial Award), WakeUp, Blenheim Orchard, In a Land of Plenty (made into a ten-part BBC series), ARevolution of the Sun, Landed (shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2012 andthe 2011 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, winner of the MJA Open BookAwards 2011), and Disputed Land. He has been Writer in Residence at Cheltenham
|Title:||Don't Stop Me Now- 26.2 Tales of a Runner s Obsession||Publisher:||bloomsbury publishing|
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