Rose Tremain

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Picture books for children – reviews
Rose Tremain and JJ Bola become the latest novelists to turn their hands to writing for young children with tales about a magical metal bird and a boy overcoming his anger

Imogen Carter

02, May, 2023 @8:00 AM

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Authors at Hay festival weigh the meaning of authenticity
Who can write about whom was a running question, tackled by writers from Rose Tremain to Damon Galgut

Lucy Knight

06, Jun, 2022 @5:38 PM

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Rose Tremain: ‘My comfort reads are MasterChef cookbooks’
The author on the teenage thrill of reading Lawrence Durrell, finally understanding Balzac, and the novels of Cormac McCarthy

Rose Tremain

10, Dec, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Lily by Rose Tremain review – Foundling Hospital melodrama
There are wolves, kindly constables and suffering aplenty in this ‘tale of revenge’ set in Victorian London

Paraic O’Donnell

25, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Islands of Mercy by Rose Tremain review – a globe-trotting adventure
There are glimpses of Tremain at her best in a passionate tale of coloniser and colonised in the British empire

Sara Collins

16, Oct, 2020 @6:30 AM

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Islands of Mercy by Rose Tremain review – a rich, world-straddling saga
Set between Bath and Borneo, this 14th novel skilfully explores familiar themes of desire, frustration and the quest for meaning

Stephanie Merritt

21, Sep, 2020 @8:00 AM

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Top 10 queer rural books
Sexual freedom is most often associated with the city, but a small but growing canon including EM Forster and Sarah Waters tells a different story

Mike Parker

17, Jul, 2019 @12:00 PM

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Is contemporary poetry really in 'a rotten state' - or just a new one?
Rose Tremain and Robin Robertson have criticised poets for abandoning ‘craft’ – but that argument silences the possibilities offered by new voices

Sandeep Parmar

22, Nov, 2018 @12:45 PM

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From the archive: getting ready for university in 1985
Ian McEwan, Rose Tremain and Peter Whalley reveal what they really thought about going to uni and how it prepared them for life

Alex Moshakis

02, Sep, 2018 @5:00 AM

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Rosie by Rose Tremain review – a tale of two unloved daughters
The novelist refuses to give her mother a free pass, yet isn’t sorry for herself, in this memoir jangling with grievance

Lucy Hughes-Hallett

21, Apr, 2018 @9:00 AM

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Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life by Rose Tremain review – fascinating and frustrating
Rose Tremain’s account of her unhappy upper-class childhood, from postwar London to Swiss finishing school, is more intriguing than revealing

Rachel Cooke

10, Apr, 2018 @6:00 AM

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Rose Tremain: ‘I don’t want to write for vengeance. It’s cheap and angry’
A cruel mother, an absent father, a beloved nanny ... the writer on the ‘frozen world’ of her childhood, and why she wishes she had won the Booker prize

Lisa Allardice

07, Apr, 2018 @10:00 AM

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