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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  110 ratings  ·  25 reviews
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. There he is deeply impressed by his grandfather's primitive, cruel relationship with his animals and the land. As an adult he moves away from the country of his childhood to ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 4th 2010 by William Heinemann (first published January 1st 2010)
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19th out of 86 books — 162 voters
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Blair
Landed is the life story of Owen Ithell, a seemingly happy husband and father whose life is torn apart by a car accident in which his eldest daughter is killed and he loses a hand. It is also a book of two halves - literally: the first half is more like a dossier than a novel. This consists of a number of scenes, virtually self-contained short stories, from Owen's childhood; a police crime scene report; a therapist's case study; a statement from Owen's ex-wife about their relationship; and Owen' ...more
David
The story starts cold and factual in the form a collision investigators report, then for the first part of the book alternates between alternate forms of storytelling, and Owen’s childhood in the Welsh countryside. These parts are easily my favourites for different reasons.

The forms for the way it allows you to fill in parts of the story leading up to the present, instead of – how it could easily be done –a narrative match of third person depicting the scenes. The alternate forms (report, an ex
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Ali

I was lucky enough to be sent this novel by Windmill books following a give-away on Twitter. Landed was originally published by William Heinemann in 2010 and then by Windmill books in 2011.
This was Tim Pears 6th novel – I have only read 2 of the others – one I loved (In the place of fallen leaves) and one I like rather less (Revolution of the sun). I also watched the TV adaptation of his novel In a Land of Plenty – and heard from my mum that the novel was wonderful too – I didn’t manage to get a
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Lynda
His breath condenses before him. The weather is still insane. The sky is dark, deep grey, almost black, a single enormous cloud heavy with water or ice. He pauses for a moment to listen, realising as he does so it is silence that has prompted him. There is no sound of either birdsong or running water, the accompaniment to his and the children's odyssey. A stillness that is more like autumn than spring, as if the earth is holding its breath, this great organism anaesthetising itself against the a ...more
Philippa
A mysterious, beautifully written tale.

But I wasn’t sure that I’d completely understood what happened at the end! When the fat man in the wheelbarrow showed up that was when I thought it was descending into a magic realist kind of thing…..I might have to go back and read it again (it was nearly 1am when I finished it and my patient husband had asked me to turn the light out a few times!)

In the Place of Fallen Leaves is still my favourite of Tim Pears' novels, but I found Landed to be beautifull
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Scotchneat
This story opens with a court report about an accident that may or may not have been caused by a dog crossing the road.

Then we switch point-of-view to a therapist trying to help a strange taciturn Welshman deal with the fact that he lost a hand.

Through a series of flashbacks and narrators, the story of the man unfolds. His childhood time with his grandfather in Wales, falling in love, his children. Whom he eventually kidnaps after a bad divorce, to take them back to Wales.

I was engaged for most
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Anastasia
Remarkably disturbing book. Can't stop thinking about its unusual structure and feeling the depth of sadness portrayed in it. The novel is compared to those of Kent Haruf, and that is perhaps because much of it takes place out of doors and because the emotional plot moves forward through the descriptions of action almost entirely. Even emotions are betrayed as physical sensations.
Suzie
heres a review which sums up how i felt about the book. unfortunately the book left me a bit cold and muddled in the end. i really liked Pears writing, beautifully written infact, but it just lost its grip half way thru the book.



"If the first half of the novel dramatises Owen’s childhood and the fallout from the crash – his refuge in alcoholism, grieving for his daughter and crippled by phantom pain in his missing arm – the second half is a more linear account of his abduction of Josh and Holly,
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Tonymess
Tim Pears’ “Landed” started off so promisingly with a Collision Investigator’s Report (with photos) and a tantalising thread of an unknown fatality, a serious injury and the possibility of the accident being caused by a stray dog. This is written as a fact based clinical numbered report, lacking compassion. We then flash back to a sheep farm in the Welsh highlands where an eleven-year-old Owen is being partially raised by his almost silent grandfather and his grandmother. We then have a section ...more
Joella Tunnell
Really enjoyed the first half of the book. Owen as a boy visiting his grandparents farm in Wales, and learning about the animals and nature from his irascible grandfather. All beautifully depicted by the author. As an adult he moves to a city, marries and has children. Then his life is changed forever when he has a car accident that kills a daughter and he loses a hand. The second half has more of a dream like quality, and was good reading, but disquieting. He takes his children on a long trek b ...more
Ben
A beautiful book. Starts off at a completely different tone to how it ends and moves into a strange dream like state that become increasingly emotionally engaging and feels almost surreal at times. I don't want to say anything about the story it's self as I don't feel I could do it justice and wouldn't want to give anything away. I take the previous criticism that the halves of the book feel quite different but did not find this distracting in any way. I would be interested in reading people's t ...more
Ilyhana Kennedy
There is something missing in this novel for me...something in the structure that makes the story inaccessible to the reader. it's very hard to comment on this novel without giving it away. I was left very much perplexed by the obscurity of Owen's perception left untranslated by any other character as the book progressed. It was there in the beginning but then disappeared.
I can't say much more than that I was left baffled....like there was a whole section of the book missing.
Kathy Hiester
Landed by Tim Pears is about a man’s personal tragedies. The main character was in a car accident in which his daughter perishes and he has to have his right hand amputated. After all this his wife divorces him and she has full custodial rights over the children making it impossible for him to see his kids. The characters are all detached and after finishing the book I feel like there is another, deeper, story in there.
3 Stars
sisterimapoet
I've never read any Tim Pears - I'm not keen to read more. Something that I picked up from the library on the off chance based mostly on the cover!

Not only did he craft a story that never seemed to go quite where I expected it to - but he grounded it all so deeply in the British countryside - that while I felt more alive and outdoors than most books managed.
Sophia
I was mildly disappointed by an unsatisfactory ending and by a surreal shift towards the end of the book, but this is nevertheless a painfully authentic, and profoundly moving novel. It it possesses its own slow, quiet and stubborn beauty.
Jesse


Really amazing writing at the beginning, but seems to peter out towards a somewhat nonsensical, supernatural-ish ending. Enjoyed, but not one to reread.
Sarah
I definitely preferred the first half, but it was nicely written and the ending beautifully heartbreaking, if you know what I mean.
John
A wonderful read with characters you can really relate to and a powerful ending that will reduce a grown man to tears.
Joann Garrido
Moved very slowly at times but all in all, a beautifully written story that will leave you thinking at its conclusion.
Hardeep
Enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. Poignant, depressing at times and rather touching.
Janice
I would have given this book 4 stars had the ending been less infuriating.
Sue
I've read this before but couldn't remember anything about it.
tinne


A good read, though the end disappointed me.
Luke Williams
Thoroughly enjoyed quick read
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Oct 09, 2010 Olivia marked it as to-read
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