Wessex In Fiction: In The Place of Fallen Leaves

In The Place Of Fallen Leaves is the debut novel by Tim Pears, a coming-of-age tale set on the edge of Dartmoor. It was published in 1993, but set in the drought-ridden summer of 1984, and tells the story of 13-year-old Alison, the youngest daughter of a farming family at the tail end of the family farm era. Reviewers compared the book to the work of William Faulkner and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and it went on to win the Ruth Hadden Memorial Award and the Hawthornden Prize.

The book has a 3.82 rating (out of 5) on Goodreads, where readers have praised it as atmospheric and evocative. Pears continues to draw on his Devon upbringing in his novels.

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