Melissa Harrison and Tim Pears are two of our finest novelists. Melissa Harrison is a nature writer, critic and columnist. Her novel All Among the Barley received universal critical acclaim. Tim Pears has written nine award-winning novels and The Redeemed is the final part of his West Country Trilogy. Both authors write dazzlingly about rural England on either side of the devastating First World War. This event celebrates landscape and Englishness, and the idea of the rural idyll.