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Restoration by Rose Tremain


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A magnificent historical novel depicting the Restoration of England under Charles II and the restoration of our delightful central character, Robert Merival. From medical student to the kingâs vet, from fool to dignified man, through the court to Bedlam and on to the Plague and the Great Fire, this is history brought very much to life. She is such a lovely author, you are in for a treat and when finished, you must move on to Music and Silence, her fine novel of the Danish court in the 17th century; itâs even better.

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Restoration by Rose Tremain

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.


'Triumphant' - Ruth Rendell, Sunday Telegraph

'Gripping' - Candia McWilliam, Herald

'A most beautiful and original novel' - Kate Saunders, Independent

About the Author

Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain's novels have won many prizes including: the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music and Silence); the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger (Sacred Country); the Sunday Express Book of the Year, the Angel Literary Award and shortlisted for the Booker Prize (Restoration) and a Giles Cooper Award (for her radio play, Temporary Shelter). Her novel The Colour, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and selected for the Daily Mail Reading Club promotion. In June 2007 Rose was made a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

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Fellow novelist 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.

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28th December 2006


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