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Gone are the Leaves by Anne Donovan
  

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A big, lush, historical novel with an unusual concept at its core, that of a boy’s decision to become a castrato or not. He falls for a girl and wishes to feel like a man at least once before he makes that decision. She is about to enter a convent and so each must search their consciences. You can see what happens and how their decision changes their intended roles but how all this happens is thrillingly told in a tale that leaves much unanswered so hopefully a sequel will be forthcoming for it’s a brilliant story.

If you like Anne Donovan you might also like to read books by Monica Ali, Meera Syal and Andrea Levy.

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Gone are the Leaves by Anne Donovan

Feilamort can remember very little of his childhood before he became a choir boy in the home of the Laird and his French wife. Feilamort has one of the finest voices in the land. It is a gift he believes will protect him...Deirdre has lived in the castle all her short life. Apprentice to her mother, she embroiders the robes for one of Scotland's finest families. She can capture, with just a few delicate stitches, the ripeness of a bramble or the glint of bronze on a fallen leaf. But with her mother pushing her to choose between a man she does not love and a closed world of prayer and solitude, Deirdre must decide for herself what her life will become. When the time comes for Feilamort to make an awful decision, his choice catapults himself and Deirdre head-first into adulthood. As the two friends learn more about Feilamort's forgotten childhood, it becomes clear that someone close is intent on keeping it hidden. Full of wonder and intrigue, and told with the grace and charm for which Anne Donovan is so beloved, Gone Are the Leaves is the enchanting story of one boy's lost past and his uncertain future.

Reviews

* Utterly mesmerising and moving. A strange, Scottish fairytale told in lilting, hypnotic prose -- Eve Harris, Booker Prize-longlisted author of The Marrying of Chani Kaufman *

Gone Are The Leaves is a poetic and deftly-crafted tale, richly told in magical language - a quest for purity, truth and ultimately, love. With consummate skill, Anne Donovan has produced a wonder of daring and passion, a mythical page-turner -- Kitty Aldridge, the Baileys Prize-longlisted author of A Trick I Learned from Dead Men *

Anne Donovan is outstanding -- Melvyn Bragg *

About the Author

Anne Donovan is the author of the prize-winning novel Buddha Da and the short-story collection, Hieroglyphics. Buddha Da was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Scottish Book of the Year Award, and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It received a Scottish Arts Council Award and won the Le Prince Maurice Award in Mauritius in 2004. She has also written for radio and the stage and has been working on the screenplay for the film of Buddha Da. She lives in Glasgow.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Anne Donovan

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Literary Fiction
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ISBN

9781782112631

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