Hardy Today - Tim Pears The Redeemed: The West Country Trilogy
The final instalment in Tim Pears's spellbinding chronicle of love, exile and belonging in a world on the brink of change.
Selected as a book of 2019 by The Guardian, Scotsman and The Times.
It is 1916. The world has gone to war and young Leo Sercombe, hauling coal aboard the HMS Queen Mary, is a long way from home. The wild, unchanging West Country roads of his boyhood seem far away from life aboard a battlecruiser, a universe of steel, smoke, spray and sweat, where death seems never more than a heartbeat away.
Skimming through those West Country roads on her motorcycle, Lottie Prideaux defies the expectations of her class and sex as she covertly studies to be a vet. But the steady rhythms of Lottie's practise, will be blown apart by a violent act of betrayal and a devastating loss.
In a world disrupted by war how can the old ways of life survive and the future be imagined? How can Leo, lost and wandering in the strange new world, hope to find his way home?
The final instalment in Tim Pears's West Country Trilogy, The Redeemed is a timeless, stirring and beautifully written story of love, loss and destiny fulfilled.
Tim Pears will be in conversation with Dr Tony Fincham, Chairman of the Thomas Hardy Society.
Sponsored by the Thomas Hardy Society
Thursday 17th October, 2.00pm
Town Hall, High East Street