Rose Tremain's bestselling novels have won many awards, including the Orange Prize (The Road Home), the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music & Silence), the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger (Sacred Country). Restoration was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1989 and made into a film in 1995. The sequel, Merivel, was published to rapturous acclaim in 2012, and the Telegraph described the character of Robert Merivel as 'one of the great imaginative creations in English literature of the past fifty years'. Rose Tremain was made a CBE in 2007 and was appointed Chancellor of the University of East Anglia in 2013. She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer, Richard Holmes.
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Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017. Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2016. Profoundly moving tale of love and devotion, told in a steady, lucid style that reverberates with the latent undercurrent of suppressed, unfulfilled longings. Switzerland, 1947, and five-year-old Gustav lives a lonely existence until he befriends Anton Zwiebel, a teary Jewish boy who joins his kindergarten. Gustav feels quite sorry for Anton, whose surname his means “onion”, and whose prodigious talent as a pianist is hampered by an incapacitating fear of public performance. Gustav's defining first visit to the wealthy Zwiebel household is evoked with crystalline intensity. It’s a new world of music, and ice-skating and trips away that couldn’t be more different from the austerity of his own home life. Anton’s mother is spirited, while Gustav’s beloved Mutti is curt and distant, and has brought him up to “master himself”, to be "like Switzerland" (his father, a former Assistant Police Chief, died before Gustav was old enough to remember him). The boys cement their bond during a two-week holiday, when they play doctor and nurse in an abandoned sanatorium, deciding which of their imaginary patients live or die, and enacting the kiss of life. When we meet Gustav in middle age, he's still playing at mastering himself, and overlooked by bitter Anton, while his own heart remains steadfast and true, though it’s still restrained and guarded. Meanwhile, the story of Gustav’s parents set some ten years earlier is hauntingly illuminating; there’s the misfortune that struck their first year of marriage, then the tragedy of how his father's efforts to save Jewish lives led to his own downfall. The perfect conclusion comes not as a crashing crescendo, but as a heartfelt swelling, as satisfying as releasing a gasp after a long-held breath. Truly, this poignant novel casts a long-lingering spell. ~ Joanne Owen The Walter Scott Prize Judges said:‘Set at first in Switzerland as the Second World War swirls around its borders, this novel is simply magnificent, by turns cold and bleak, life-affirming and always very beautifully written. The images in The Gustav Sonata filled my eye, its story captured my heart and it made me marvel at Rose Tremain's remarkable skills.’
Robert Merivel abandons his medical studies for the vibrant Court of Charles II, where he finds unexpected favour with the King and serves as a `paper groom` to the youngest of the royal mistresses. But by falling in love with her, Merivel violates the one rule that will cast him out from his new found paradise. Driven to work in a Quaker Bedlam, he must endure a yet more painful fall from grace before he can achieve spiritual and social restoration.
Winner of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2008. Rose Tremain is one of those authors that has never quite got the attention she deserves but with The Road Home hopefully she will finally be recognised for the fine writer she is with plenty of backlist to keep new fans happy for some time. April 2010 Guest Editor Katharine McMahon on Rose Tremain... If I'm asked who is my literary role model, it's Tremain. I love the fact that she's very experimental, and is always setting herself new challenges and new forms. Her historical writing is inspirational because of its authenticity, and the powerful story-telling. I've chosen The Road Home because I found it very absorbing, and a new direction for Tremain. Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2007.Costa Book Awards 2007 Judges' comment: "Wise, timely and emotionally satisfying, Rose Tremain's characters are immediately recognisable as is her London seen through the eyes of her Eastern European migrant."
In a silent valley stands an isolated stone farmhouse, the Mas Lunel. Its owner is Aramon Lunel, an alcoholic so haunted by his violent past that he's become incapable of all meaningful action. Meanwhile, his sister, Audrun dreams of exacting retribution for the unspoken betrayals that have blighted her life.
March 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. On My Bookshelf by Joanna Trollope... Rose Tremain’s historical novels are big gems. My favourite is Music And Silence. It’s a book you just inhabit as you read.
A seductive collection of stories from the 'magnificent story-teller' (Independent on Sunday). Rose Tremain has sold over one million copies of her books. Trapped in a London flat, Beth remembers a transgressive love affair in 1960s Paris. The most famous writer in Russia takes his last breath in a stationmaster's cottage, miles from Moscow. A father, finally free of his daughter's demands, embarks on a long swim from his Canadian lakeside retreat. And in the grandest house of all, Danni the Polish housekeeper catches the eye of an enigmatic visitor. 'Superb, each story a perfectly cut jewel' Irish Times
Nobody knows yet that she is a murderer... Abandoned at the gates of a London park one winter's night in 1850, baby Lily Mortimer is saved by a young police constable and taken to the London Foundling Hospital. Lily is fostered by an affectionate farming family in rural Suffolk, enjoying a brief childhood idyll before she is returned to the Hospital, where she is punished for her rebellious spirit. Released into the harsh world of Victorian London, Lily becomes a favoured employee at Belle Prettywood's Wig Emporium, but all the while she is hiding a dreadful secret... Across the years, policeman Sam Trench keeps watch over the young woman he once saved. When Sam meets Lily again, there is an instant attraction between them and Lily is convinced that Sam holds the key to her happiness - but might he also be the one to uncover her crime and so condemn her to death?
A hell of a read' Sunday Times 'Triumphant, and beautifully told...one of the best novelists writing today' Sara Collins, Guardian All must gamble with their fate. But not all can win... In the city of Bath, in the year 1865 Jane Adeane, renowned for her restorative skills, is convinced that some other destiny will one day show itself to her. But when she finds herself torn between a dangerous affair with a female lover and the promise of a conventional marriage to an apparently respectable doctor, her desires begin to lead her towards a future she had never imagined... Discover the ultimate historical read. A perfect gift this Christmas. 'Terrific' The Times 'One of our most accomplished novelists' Observer 'One of my favourite writers' Nina Stibbe
'A hell of a read... more absorbing than most fiction I've read this year' Sunday Times She was 'The Angel of the Baths', the one woman whose touch everybody yearned for. Yet she would do more. She was certain of that. In the city of Bath, in the year 1865, an extraordinary young woman renowned for her nursing skills is convinced that some other destiny will one day show itself to her. But when she finds herself torn between a dangerous affair with a female lover and the promise of a conventional marriage to an apparently respectable doctor, her desires begin to lead her towards a future she had never imagined. Islands of Mercy is a novel that ignites the senses, and is a bold exploration of the human urge to seek places of sanctuary in a pitiless world. 'One of our most accomplished novelists' Observer 'I loved it, and the images continue to haunt me months later. It offered me the perfect escape' The Lady, Books of the Year 2020
*The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller* Rose Tremain (or Rosie as she was then) grew up in post-war London - a city still partly in ruins, where both food and affection were fiercely rationed. But when she is ten years old, everything changes. She loses her father, her house, her school, her friends and is dispatched to a freezing boarding-school in Hertfordshire. Slowly though, the teenage Rosie escapes from the cold world of the Fifties, into a place of inspiration and friendship, where a young writer is suddenly ready to be born. 'An evocative, unflinching memoir...electric' Mail on Sunday
Random House presents the audiobook edition of Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life, written and read by Rose Tremain. Rose Tremain grew up in post-war London, a city of grey austerity, still partly in ruins, where both food and affection were fiercely rationed. The girl known then as 'Rosie' and her sister Jo spent their days longing for their grandparents' farm, buried deep in the Hampshire countryside, a green paradise of feasts and freedom, where they could at last roam and dream.But when Rosie is ten years old, everything changes. She and Jo lose their father, their London house, their school, their friends, and -- most agonisingly of all -- their beloved Nanny, Vera, the only adult to have shown them real love and affection. Briskly dispatched to a freezing boarding-school in Hertfordshire, they once again feel like imprisoned castaways. But slowly the teenage Rosie escapes from the cold world of the Fifties, into a place of inspiration and mischief, of loving friendships and dedicated teachers, where a young writer is suddenly ready to be born.
What is the secret to true friendship? Is it really love's quieter relation or something stronger and more profound? And where does the line between the two lie? Rose Tremain looks at two unlikely lifelong friendships, which - though tested - prove unbreakable. Thought-provoking and life-affirming, this is at once an examination and a celebration of friendship in all its glorious complexity. Selected from the books Restoration and The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us human Also in the Vintage Minis series: Love by Jeanette Winterson Language by Xiaolu Guo Desire by Haruki Murakami Freedom by Margaret Atwood
Egy nem mindennapi gyerekkori baratsag lelegzetelallito tortenete, amely kiallja az ido probajat.Gustav Perle egy svjci kisvrosban nA fel, ahol a II. vilghbor szrnyA sgeibA l csak halk visszhang jut el. Egyedli gyerekknt nevelkedik imdott desanyjval, Emilie-vel, aki meglehetA en mogorvn bnik vele. sszebartkozik egy vele egykor tehetsges s j eszA zsid fival Anton Zweibellel, az gretes zongoristapalntval.A regny Gustav csaldjnak trtnett kveti nyomon, feltrja az anya antiszemitizmusnak gykereit, amelynek kihatsa lesz fia s legkedvesebb bartjnak letre is. Visszatekints a hbors vekre s egy lelkiismereti gy kellemetlen kvetkezmnyeire, s elA re nzs kt lettra, kt karrierre; egy szllodatulajdonosra s egy zongoramA vszre.A Gustav-szonta a bartsgrl szl: a szenvedlyes szeretetrA l, az eltvolodsrl s a kzdelemrA l. ErA teljes s mlyen megindt mA az egyik legnagyobb kortrs regnyr tollbl.A szeretet s irigysg mesteri elbeszlse."e; - The Guardian"e;Egy tkletes regny az let tkletlensgrA l"e; - The Observer"e;Tremain egy gniusz."e; - The Times"e;Vgletes s fjdalmas szpsg. Brilins regny; Tremain a legnagyobb brit rk egyike."e; -Salman RushdieRose Tremain 1943-ban szletett Londonban. Regnyei s novelli vilgszerte 27 orszgban jelentek meg, szmtalan djat nyertek, belertve a Sunday Express v Knyve Djt a Restoration-nel (a regnyt Booker-djra is jelltk). A Sacred Country-val Franciaorszgban elnyerte a Prix Femina Etranger"e;-djat, a Music and Silence-szel a Whitbread v Knyve djat, s a Road Home-mal 2008-ban a regnyeknek jr Orange-djat. 1995-ben a Restoration-bA l Vltozsok kora cmmel filmet forgattak, s 2009-ben sznpadra is vittk. Legjabb regnye a sokat dicsrt Gustav-szonta, amiben Rose pratlan tehetsge cscsra rkezett"e; (Observer).Rose Tremain korbbi regnye Sznarany cmmel jelent meg magyarul a Park Kiad gondozsban.
'One of the great imaginative creations in English literature' Daily Telegraph A dazzling novel of loyalty and dreams set in Restoration England. The gaudy years of the Restoration are long gone and Robert Merivel, physician and courtier to King Charles II, sets off for the French court in search of a fresh start. But royal life at the Palace of Versailles - all glitter in front and squalor behind - leaves him in despair, until a chance encounter with the seductive Madame de Flamanville, allows him to dream of a different future. But will that future ever be his? Summoned home urgently to attend to the ailing King, Merivel finds his loyalty and skill tested to their limits. Rose Tremain has sold over one million copies of her books. PRAISE FOR MERIVEL 'This book is richly marbled with intelligence, compassion and compelling characters' The Times 'Magnificent story-teller' Independent on Sunday 'Wonderfully entertaining' Michael Holroyd, Guardian Books of the Year
From Rose Tremain comes the Booker Prize short-listed novel that "e;restored the historical novel to its rightful place of honor"e; (New York Times).Robert Merivel, son of a glove maker and an aspiring physician, finds his fortunes transformed when he is given a position at the court of King Charles II. Merivel slips easily into a life of luxury and idleness, enthusiastically enjoying the women and wine of the vibrant Restoration age. But when he's called on to serve the king in an unusual role, he transgresses the one law he is forbidden to break and is brutally cast out from his newfound paradise. Thus begins Merivel's journey to self-knowledge, which will take him down into the lowest depths of seventeenth-century society.
Salvatore, a young watchmaker from Italy, moves to London when the king of his hometown decrees that a period of twenty-six years is to be erased from history, never to be mentioned in public again. Since this constitutes the whole of period of his life Salvatore feels he has no choice but to flee. But in London, what challenges will this man face, who holds so deeply to the importance of time and identity?Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection Evangelista's Fan.
Repeatedly exhorted by a strange figure to remember unspecified facts about her life, Wallis struggles with a world of random, snapshot memories. Try as she might to remember her third husband, the dull little man with no name, it is deeper remembrances that engulf her on her death bed, blotting out the inconsequential details of her life.Part of the Storycuts series, this story was previously published in the collection The Darkness of Wallis Simpson.
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