Posted on 20th September 2011

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Douglas Library Reading Group reads Disputed Land

Slow-paced, nostalgic, well-crafted yet delicately and subtly written, the plot of the book is a reflection of growing up in the Welsh marches, the author’s own experience within that location, and a thoughtful study of family interaction and progression through the main character’s adolescent development.

Posted on 19th May 2011

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Disputed Land

‘As the Cannons gather in the Welsh marshes for Christmas, young Theo is initiated into the politics of family. Pears is an author whose impressive body of work should be much more widely appreciated.’ Fiction Uncovered Judges 2011 Synopsis: Leonard and Rosemary Cannon summon their middle-aged offspring, along with partners and children, to the family…

Posted on 14th May 2011

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Disputed Land

There is nothing remotely original about Tim Pears’s latest novel, Disputed Land. It’s a domestic drama in which an extended family comes together at Christmas in order to bicker, fight and explore love in a variety of ways. Absolutely familiar, then, but also immensely engaging and thoughtful in ways that reach well beyond the proverbial…