Rose Tremain’s bestselling novels have been published in twenty seven countries and have won many awards, including the Orange Prize, 2008 for THE ROAD HOME; the Whitbread Novel of the Year, 1999 for MUSIC & SILENCE; the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, 1992 and the Prix Femina Etranger, 1994 for SACRED COUNTRY. RESTORATION was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1989 and was 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’.
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 are developing THE GUSTAV SONATA as a theatrical feature for Film 4 with writer/director Sandhya Suri attached.
Rose’s memoir of her childhood ROSIE: SCENES FROM A VANISHED LIFE was published in 2018.
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).
Rose was made a Dame for services to writing in the New Year Honours, 2020, following on from her CBE in 2007. She served as Chancellor of the University of East Anglia from 2013-2017. Her new novel ISLANDS OF MERCY will be published in September 2020.