Rose Tremain’s bestselling novels have been published in thirty countries and have won many awards, including the Orange Prize (THE ROAD HOME, 2008); 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 in 2012, with the Telegraph describing the character of Robert Merivel as ‘one of the great imaginative creations in English literature of the past fifty years’. Rose was made a CBE in 2007 and served as Chancellor of the University of East Anglia from 2013-2017.
Rose’s memoir of her childhood ROSIE: SCENES FROM A VANISHED LIFE was published to glowing reviews in April 2018.
Her 2016 novel THE GUSTAV SONATA was a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller. It won the National Jewish Book Award, USA (fiction category) and the South Bank Sky Arts Literature Award; and was nominated for the: Costa Novel Award (shortlist); Walter Scott Prize (shortlist); Ondaatje Prize (shortlist); Baileys Prize (longlist). Buccaneer Media have optioned both THE GUSTAV SONATA and the much-loved THE ROAD HOME, with Rose writing her own television adaptation of the latter.
TRESPASS a visceral psychological thriller set in the Cevennes (2010) was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010. It is in development with Left Bank Pictures as a 3-parter for television, with Rose herself scripting.
Other novels in the works for adaptation include: MUSIC AND SILENCE as a theatrical film with producers Alexandra Stone and Dan Lupovitz, with Andrea Gibb on script duties and SACRED COUNTRY for television for producer Pippa Cross of CrossDay Productions, with Jan Dunn doing the adaptation.
Rose is also an award-winning radio dramatist. She returns regularly to the medium, working with director Gordon House and production company Goldhawk Essential, including on a two-part adaptation of Balzac’s EUGENIE GRANDET starring Sir Ian McKellen for BBC Radio 4’s Classic Serial slot (2014).