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Gone Are The Leaves
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Gone Are The Leaves

By Anne Donovan
Published by Canongate Books
ISBN 9781782112624
Category Historical
Spring 2014


Feilamort is a choir boy in the Laird and his French wife’s castle, where Deirdre embroiders robes. When Feilamort must make an awful decision, his choice catapults himself and Deirdre head-first into adulthood. Soon, it becomes clear that someone close is intent on keeping his childhood hidden.

Author's Biography

Anne Donovan’s debut Buddha Da was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Scottish Book of the Year Award, and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It received a Scottish Arts Council Award and won the Le Prince Maurice Award in Mauritius in 2004. She is also the author of Being Emily and the short-story collection, Hieroglyphics.


‘Gone Are The Leaves is a poetic and deftly-crafted tale, richly told in magical language - a quest for purity, truth and ultimately, love. With consummate skill, Anne Donovan has produced a wonder of daring and passion, a mythical page-turner’ Kitty Aldridge, the Baileys Prize-longlisted author of A Trick I Learned from Dead Men 

‘Utterly mesmerising and moving. A strange, Scottish fairytale told in lilting, hypnotic prose’Eve Harris, Booker Prize-longlisted author of The Marrying of Chani Kaufman

‘Anne Donovan is outstanding’ Melvyn Bragg

‘Quirky and endearing. Don't wait until your next life too read it’ Sunday Herald on Buddha Da

‘An enchanting novel in which ordinary lives are illuminated with extraordinary charm’ Daily Telegraph on Buddha Da


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