Marie-Elsa Bragg

LOVE OF THE LAND Oxford Literary Festival THE WANDERERS AND TOWARDS MELLBREAK

Novelists Tim Pears and Marie Elsa-Bragg discuss their new books, in which love of the land and nature feature strongly.
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Pears’s The Wanderers is a story of adolescence, survival, longing, loneliness and love. It follows two teenagers before the outbreak of World War I - Leo who leaves his love behind after being banished from the farm where he lived and who is taken in by gypsies, and Lottie who is absorbed by the natural world back on the farm estate. Pears’s work has often been likened to that of Thomas Hardy. He is author of Wake Up, In a Land of Plenty, which was adapted into a BBC television series, and A Revolution of the Sun.
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Marie-Elsa Bragg’s poetic novel Towards Mellbreak is a hymn to the landscape of Cumbria and to a disappearing world. It follows Harold, who runs Ard farm in the fells and who is battling to keep the farm and preserve a way of life. Bragg is a writer, lecturer, ordained Anglican priest and duty chaplain of Westminster Abbey.
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(OXFORD LITERARY FESTIVAL)