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In the Light of Morning by Tim Pears
  

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Tim Pears, a chronicler of our land, who has given us beautiful prose reminiscent of Thomas Hardy, now turns his attention to the Slovenian partisans of the Second World War. Opening in 1944 three British soldiers are dropped into the mountains to assist the Resistance. This is their story. Pears would not be the writer he is without his deep appreciation of nature so along with the fighting, the devastation and the bravery we are given a feel for the landscape too. Pensive, dramatic and ultimately tragic, this covers a part of the war of which little is written. It is an impressive work.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This compelling and poignant novel explores a difficult and perilous mission undertaken in occupied Slovenia in May 1944. Three very different operatives, upper-class self-confident Major Jack Farwell, Devonshire farmer Corporal Sid Dixon, and quiet, gifted linguist Lieutenant Tom Freed-man, are parachuted into enemy territory, where a group of partisans awaits their help. On the ground, they will find danger, camaraderie and desire, as they uncover atrocities of war, and find themselves fighting for their own survival. Powerful and vivid, this is an imaginatively crafted portrait of a group of ordinary individuals caught up in a pivotal moment in history.
~ Susie Cogan

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In the Light of Morning by Tim Pears

It is May 1944 and in Eastern Europe the Second World War is reaching a dramatic and bloody crescendo. High above the mountains of occupied Slovenia an aeroplane drops three British parachutists - brash MP Major Jack Farwell, radio operator Sid Dixon, and young academic Lieutenant Tom Freedman - sent to assist the resistance in their battle against the Axis forces. Greeted upon arrival by a rag-tag group of Partisans, the men are led off into the countryside. It is early summer, and the mountains and forests teem with life and colour. Despite the distant crackle of gunfire, the war feels a long way off for Tom. The Partisans, too, are not what he was expecting - courageous, kind, and alluring, especially Jovan, their commander, and the hauntingly beautiful Marija. Yet after a series of daring encounters, the enemy's net begins to tighten. They find evidence of massacres, of a dark and terrible band of men pursuing them through the wilderness. As the Partisans stumble their way towards a final, tragic battle, so the relationships within the group begin to fray, with Tom finding himself forced to face up to his deepest, most secret desires.


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Tim Pears has made the battle zone of family life in provincial England his own fertile fictional terrain.The novel succeeds in illuminating a pivotal moment in world history, while casting a steady light back on England.Rather like Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient, this is an intimate tale of a few individuals poised at a moment when one epoch gives way to another. -- Maya Jaggi Guardian

[T]he characters are beautifully and economically drawn, and he is excellent on the sights and especially the smells of the landscape - the beauty even of a war-torn land. - The Times

I have never failed to be impressed by the quality of his writing and the inventiveness of his story lines.The book unfolds with some remarkably well-written set-pieces. Relationships are clarified, enemy (and allied) plots are uncovered and the inevitable conflict eventually occurs with a great disruption to souls and bodies. - A Common Reader

About the Author

Tim Pears

Born in 1956, Tim Pears grew up in Devon, left school at sixteen and had countless menial jobs before studying at the National Film and Television School. He is the author of six previous novels, including In the Place of Fallen Leaves, which won the Hawthornden Prize and the Ruth Hadden Memorial Award, In a Land of Plenty, which was made into a ten part drama series for the BBC, and, most recently, Landed. He has been Writer in Residence at Cheltenham Festival of Literature, and Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Oxford Brookes University, and has taught creative writing at Ruskin College and elsewhere. He lives in Oxford with his wife and children.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Tim Pears

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Hardback

Categories

Literary Fiction
Historical Fiction
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9780434022748

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