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Gone are the Leaves by Anne Donovan
  

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

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 Meera Syal, Andrea Levy and Monica Ali.

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Gone are the Leaves by Anne Donovan

Deirdre first meets the boy on a crisp autumn morning when the golden leaves gild the glen. He is small and fearful and remembers nothing of the life he has left behind. From that moment their lives are destined to intertwine. But when the boy's lost past begins to threaten his future and Deirdre's mother begins arranging her marriage, both lives will change forever. The adult world is about to take them to places they never could have imagined...

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

'A beautiful tale ... with such a passion for the language, and such an ear for its rhythms and alliterations, you'll find yourself wishing all books could be written like this. Perhaps it's too far to suggest that this was the book Donovan was born to write, but it fits her like a glove Scotsman * 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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Paperback

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Literary Fiction
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ISBN

9781782112631

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