All Among the Barley & The West Country Triology – Melissa Harrison & Tim Pears

  • Brendon Books
  • October 15
  • 18:30 - 20:00
  • 5.00
Event Website

Melissa Harrison’s third novel, All Among the Barley, was published to critical acclaim by Bloomsbury on August 23, 2018, named as the UK winner of the European Union Prize for Literature and shortlisted for the New Angle Prize. The autumn of 1933 is the most beautiful Edie Mather can remember, though the Great War still casts a shadow over the cornfields of her beloved home, Wych Farm. When charismatic, outspoken Constance FitzAllen arrives from London to write about fading rural traditions, she takes an interest in fourteen-year-old Edie, showing her a kindness she has never known before. But the older woman isn’t quite what she seems…
Tim Pears has written nine award-winning novels and The Redeemed is the final part of his West Country Trilogy. We have followed the journey of Leo Sercombe in The Horseman at in the early years of the twentieth century growing up in a forgotten valley on the Devon-Somerset border, as the seasons unfolded, marked only by the rituals of the farming calendar. He begins a friendship with his the master’s daughter where they are bound by a deep love of horses but divided by rigid social boundaries. In the Wanderers he travels through Devon surviving on berries and sleeping in copses, before being taken on by gypsies though he know he must forge onto Penzance. In The Redeemed, the final part of the triology, he finds himself in a world on the brink of change..