Run to the Western Shore
by Tim Pears
Narrated by Ciaran Saward
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Pub Date 2 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 23 Nov 2023
Britain, AD 75.
Quintus, long exiled from his people, has travelled great odysseys in the retinue of a powerful Roman. Though a citizen of nowhere, is a man of reason, fluent in many languages. Olwen, imperious tribal royalty, is rooted in her native land – a volatile warrior, fiercely attached to the natural world.
Given away by her father as part of a peace treaty, Olwen flees during the night, taking Quintus with her. Hunted by an army, the two make their way across the country, living off the land, heading for the western shore…
Written in spare but evocative language, Run to the Western Shore is a tale of quest and struggle, but also an ode to the land and a love story about the reconciliation of opposites in times of need.
‘An enchanting novel in which Tim Pears conjures up characters of great subtlety and grace: Olwen, a fierce and courageous warrior seeks to out run fate and the might of the Roman governor with Quintus, her thoughtful, wistful lover. Pears weaves a compelling tale of escape through the magical beauty and mystery of the Silures tribe, their legends and their landscape’ - Alicia Drake, author of I Love You Too Much
‘A remarkable book … history, philosophy, nature writing at its best – and masterful storytelling’ - Debora Harding, author of Dancing with the Octopus
‘The events in this book, as in all the others, take place in the Pearzone – a dimension I myself have never experienced but elements of which I long to be able to share. It can be a place of brutality and heartbreak, yet it offers to those who live there at least glimpses of alternative, less irksome ways of negotiating life. Reading Tim Pears always reminds me that we don’t have to be ignoble’ - Haydn Middleton, author of The Ballad of Syd and Nancy
'Tim Pears writes with precision and tenderness about the countryside and the creatures and people who live there ... A beautiful love story with an incredible sense of place' - The Times
Praise for Tim Pears
‘A literary novelist who beautifully expresses the old ways of England…equally adept at writing action and romance’ - The Times
‘Pears is a wonderful storyteller with a truly remarkable sense of time and place’ - Scotsman
‘Pears could not write an ugly sentence if he tried’ - Mail on Sunday
‘A gifted storyteller, steeped in country lore and the beauty of ordinary events’ - New York Times
|DURATION||4 Hours, 53 Minutes|