Tim Pears - Short Biography - 2005
Born in 1956, Tim Pears grew up in Devon, left school at sixteen and worked in a wide variety of jobs: farm labourer, nurse in a mental hospital, pianist's bodyguard, painter and decorator, video maker, college night porter, art gallery manager, and others.
His first novel, In the Place of Fallen Leaves, was published in 1993. It was awarded the Hawthornden Prize and the Ruth Hadden Memorial Award. Also in 1993 Tim Pears graduated from the Direction course at the National Film and Television School. He has written the script for a feature film, Loop, which was released in 1999.
In 1996 Tim received a Lannan Award, in America.
His second novel, In a Land of Plenty, was published in 1997. It was made into a ten part drama series for the BBC by Sterling Pictures (with TalkBack Productions) and broadcast in 2001.
A Revolution of the Sun was published in 2000, Wake Up in 2002, and Blenheim Orchard in 2007 by Bloomsbury.
These novels have been variously published in America, France, Germany and Denmark.
Tim Pears was Writer in Residence at Cheltenham Festival of Literature, 2002-03, and is Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Oxford Brookes University 2006-08. He has taught a good deal of creative writing, most recently at Ruskin College, Oxford, in which city he lives with his wife and children.