Rose Tremain
Event 2
Saturday 8th October, 4.00pm 
Little Missenden Village Hall

A great novelist talks about her work

This is an archived event from the 2016 Programme.

Rose Tremain is one of Britain’s greatest living novelists.

“This is a writer whose breadth of imagination and supple prose transcend the genre: she is one of the finest writers in English” (Daily Telegraph)

“There isn’t a book by Rose Tremain that I haven’t read and loved” (Polly Samson)

The British Council cites her as showing how a highly literary writer can become a popular one. “Her books are at once sophisticated in their narrative strategies and entertaining page-turners; equally capable of poignant, shocking or amusing touches”.

She says “I deliberately seek out the strange, the unfamiliar, even the unknowable as subjects for my fiction and trust my imagination to illuminate them to the point where both I and the reader can see them with new clarity.”

She has affinity with musicians. Music and Silence featured a lutenist, and a musical thread runs through her much acclaimed new novel, The Gustav Sonata, which “sees her writing at the height of her inimitable powers” (Observer).

“Each book from Tremain is a wonder. She writes of both men and women with equal passion and curiosity. The Gustav Sonata might, however, be her finest novel yet” (Irish Times)

Rose will be interviewed at this event by Antonia Honeywell, whose novel The Ship came out last year.

Featured in Granta’s original 1983 list of 20 Best of Young British Novelists, Rose Tremain has published 14 novels and 5 books of short stories. Award-winning novels include the Orange Prize (The Road Home) and the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music and Silence). Made a CBE in 2007, she is also Chancellor of the University of East Anglia.