Born in 1956, Tim Pears grew up in Devon and left school at sixteen. He worked in a wide variety of unskilled jobs: trainee welder, assistant librarian, trainee reporter, archaeological worker, fruit picker, nursing assistant in a psychiatric ward, groundsman in a hotel & caravan park, fencer, driver, sorter of mail, builder, painter & decorator, night porter, community video maker and art gallery manager in Devon, Wales, France, Norfolk and Oxford.

Always he was writing, and in time making short films. He took the Directing course at the National Film and Television School, graduating in the same month that his first novel, In the Place of Fallen Leaves, was published, in 1993.

In the Place of Fallen Leaves was awarded the Hawthornden Prize and the Ruth Hadden Memorial Award.

Tim’s second novel, In a Land of Plenty, was made into a ten-part drama series for the BBC broadcast in 2001. Other novels include  A Revolution of the Sun, Wake Up, Blenheim Orchard, Landed and Disputed Land

Landed was given the MJA Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

These novels were chronicles of our time, exploring moral challenges as they are expressed in the dynamics and politics of relationships and family life.

In the Light of Morning was a departure, set in Yugoslavia in the Second World War. Tim then embarked on his most ambitious work, a trilogy of novels (The Horseman, The Wanderers and The Redeemed) set before, during and in the aftermath of the First World War.

Tim is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Tim lives in Oxford, and is married to a psychoanalyst. He and his wife have two children. Apart from family life and time spent with indulgent friends, he enjoys urban rambling and walking the dog (his first listener and a harsh critic) and rural wandering and foraging. 

Along with cinema, sport has been Tim’s vital recreation. He was a third-rate footballer, a mediocre tennis player, and remains a poor ping-pong player, but has been fortunate that better players let him join them. Coaching a boys’ football team for twelve years was a source of great pleasure, and he remains an avid spectator of the amazing human invention that is the game of football.

Tim in the library, Exeter Express & Echo, 1975
On location, 1990, National Film and Television School 
Land of Plenty, 2001