Run to the Western Shore

Tim Pears

Set in Britain in AD 72, Run to the Western Shore tells the story of a young Roman slave, Quintus, and Olwen, daughter of the chief of a local tribe. Quintus, long exiled from his people, has travelled great odysseys in the retinue of a powerful man, and although 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.

Promised to a powerful Roman 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.


ISBN: 9781800752979

Published: November 2, 2023


ISBN: 9781800752986

Published: November 2, 2023


Reviews for Run to the Western Shore

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


Tim Pears

Tim Pears is a Lannan Prize-winning author and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His books include In the Place of Fallen Leaves (winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the Ruth Hadden Memorial Award), In A Land of Plenty (made into a ten-part BBC series), Landed (shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, winner of the MJA Open Book Awards), and The West Country Trilogy.