Landed, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Brought up in the Anglo-Welsh borders by an affectionate but alcoholic and feckless mother, Owen Ithell's sense of self is rooted in his long, vivid visits to his grandparents' small farm in the hills.

As an adult he moves to an English city where he builds a new life, working as a gardener.

He meets Mel, they have children. He believes he has found happiness - and love - of a sort.

But a tragic accident changes the course of his life and the lives of those he loves is changed forever.

Owen is haunted by suicidal thoughts. In his despair, he resolves to reconnect with both his past and the natural world, and with his children he embarks on a long, fateful journey, walking to the Welsh borders of his childhood.

Powerful, richly evocative and perfectly poised between the hope of redemption and the threat of irrevocable tragedy, Landedis Tim Pears' most assured and beguiling novel to date.


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This was a very quick read, but I'm still not too sure whether I actually enjoyed it or not. The main character has suffered a number of personal tragedies. He has been in a car accident in which his daughter dies and he has to have his right hand amputated. Then his wife divorces him and won't let him see his kids. So far so depressing. This is all told from what seems like a very distant perspective against the backdrop of the countryside on the England/Wales border. Parts of it are flashbacks to his childhood, part of which was spent on his grandparents farm. The characters are all somewhat taciturn and having finished the book I feel like the author has only scratched the surface of what the story is all about. Perhaps I will try some more books by the same author to see how they compare.

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