Music and Silence

by Rose Tremain

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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.

Music and Silence Synopsis

In 1629, Peter Claire, a young English lutenist, arrives at the Danish Court to join King Christian IV's Royal Orchestra. But he finds that the musicians perform in a freezing cellar underneath the royal apartments, their music conveyed to the King by a system of pipes.

From this central image, the novel develops into a tale of good and evil, light and dark, encompassing the lives and loves of all those involved with the Court and the fortunes of the stricken state of Denmark.

Peter Claire finds himself falling in love with the young woman who is the companion of the King's estranged, adulterous wife, Kirsten, thus dividing his loyalties and leaving his happiness uncertain.

Music and Silence Press Reviews

‘She is the best historical novelist of her  generation. She evokes the past with … sensuality, wit and superb sleights of hand’
A.N. Wilson, Evening Standard

‘Lyrical, voluptuous … splendid … A sumptuous drama lit by the glamorous torchlight of the courtly past’
Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Sunday Times

‘Tremain shows great confidence and  versatility as she changes voices … and crams her canvas with brilliant details, scents, sounds and colours … Ingenious,  amusing and beautifully written’
Anne Chisholm, Observer

‘The best thing from Denmark since Hamlet’
John Julius Norwich

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ISBN: 9780099268550
Publication date: 01/03/2000
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099268550
Publication date: 1st March 2000
Author: Rose Tremain
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 464 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About 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.Photograph © Jerry Bauer   Fellow novelist Katharine McMahon on ...

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