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In the Place of Fallen Leaves

(1993)
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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 valley.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"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." - Antonia S Byatt

"'Long in abeyance, the English rural novel flourishes again in Tim Pears' story of a 13-year-old Devon farmgirl's confrontation with sex, death and the weather... an unusually welll-made novel which, through being less English than one would expect, produces a very English kind of magic." - Giles Foden

"It is most beautifully written, hypnotic as Proust, very funny and full of love that doesn't cloy... It is a dreamy, easy, wonderful read - and quite remarkable for a first novel." - Jane Gardam

"An engaging, well-written and original novel. Pears could write about doing the washing up and make it interesting." - Philip Hensher

"The writing is so genuine. Nothing is posturing or romanticised. The characters really touched me. There's so much talent here." - Barbara Trapido


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Used availability for Tim Pears's In the Place of Fallen Leaves

Hardback Editions

January 1995 : USA Hardback
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Title: In the Place of Fallen Leaves
Author(s): Tim Pears
ISBN: 1-55611-423-0 / 978-1-55611-423-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton
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March 1993 : UK Hardback
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Title: In the Place of Fallen Leaves
Author(s): Tim Pears
ISBN: 0-241-13322-X / 978-0-241-13322-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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Paperback Editions

January 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: In the Place of Fallen Leaves
Author(s): Tim Pears
ISBN: 1-4088-8410-0 / 978-1-4088-8410-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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June 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: In the Place of Fallen Leaves
Author(s): Tim Pears
ISBN: 0-7475-7836-2 / 978-0-7475-7836-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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April 1996 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: In the Place of Fallen Leaves
Author(s): Tim Pears
ISBN: 1-55611-472-9 / 978-1-55611-472-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Plume
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March 1994 : UK Paperback
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Title: In the Place of Fallen Leaves
Author(s): Tim Pears
ISBN: 0-552-99536-3 / 978-0-552-99536-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
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Kindle Editions

June 2012 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: In the Place of Fallen Leaves
Author(s): Tim Pears
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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