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In the Place of Fallen Leaves - Tim Pears

Black Swan, Undated , Paperback.
Condition: Near Fine.

From the cover: “The summer of 1984, one of the longest and hottest of the twentieth century: police and miners fight running battles; unemployment reaches record levels; the nation's teachers are on strike. In a faraway Devon village hidden in a valley, however, the world has stopped turning and time is slipping backward. ‘This idn’t nothing’, Alison’s grandmother tells her, recalling the electric summer after the war when the earth swallowed lambs. But Alison knows her memory is lying — this is far worse. She and her friend, Johnathan, awkward son of the last of the Viscounts, think time has stopped altogether, when all they want is to enter the real world of adulthood. In fact, in the cruel heat of that summer, time is creeping towards them, closing in around the valley. Like the crooked landscape in which it is set, this poetic novel is a tapestry — of past and present, memory and discovery, elegy and hope. By turns moving and funny, this is one of the most memorable and widely acclaimed first novels of recent years.”

347 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.