The Re­deemed

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Tim Pears Blooms­bury €24

The fi­nal vol­ume of Tim Pears’s su­perb West Coun­try tril­ogy opens in 1916. The lovers at the heart of the story are sep­a­rated by cir­cum­stances. Lot­tie is pur­su­ing her dream to be­come a vet, while Leo joins the royal navy and, af­ter sur­viv­ing the Bat­tle of Jut­land, ends up help­ing to sal­vage the Ger­man ves­sels scut­tled at Scapa Flow. There is plenty of heart­break along the way, and though Pears writes with ele­giac ten­der­ness about a ru­ral way of life that has come un­der threat, he never lapses into sen­ti­men­tal­ity. The nar­ra­tive, from first to last, has an ex­em­plary clar­ity.

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