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Merivel: A Man of His Time

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The major new novel from prize-winning bestseller Rose Tremain, set in Restoration England - shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

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Rose Tremain s bestselling novels have won many awards, including the Orange Prize (The Road Home), 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. Her short story, Moth , was also filmed (as the award-winning Ricky) by Fran ois Ozon in 2009. Her most recent novel, Trespass, was a Richard and Judy Bookclub Choice. Rose Tremain was made a CBE in 2007 and was appointed Chancellor of the University of East Anglia in 2013. She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer, Richard Holmes.


"Social, political and physical labyrinth" -- Frances Osborne * Evening Standard * "Satisfying... agreeably sardonic" -- Quentin Letts * Daily Mail * "One of the great imaginative creations in English literature" * Daily Telegraph * "An unadulterated delight" * Independent * "Rich and satisfying" -- Lindsay Duguid * Sunday Times * "A tour de force of literary technique, a treasure house of diligent research and imaginative ingenuity" -- Jane Shilling * Telegraph * "Wonderfully entertaining" -- Michael Holroyd * Guardian, Books of the Year * "Her feeling for the spirit of the times is triumphant" -- Charlotte Moore * Spectator * "A rich, glowing portrait" -- Daisy Hay * Observer * "Her characters laugh, cry, plot and flounder so convincingly that they take up residence in your head and refuse to go away" -- Mary Crockett * Scotland on Sunday * "This book is richly marbled with intelligence, compassion and compelling characters, leavened with flourishes of lyricism and an attractive tolerance towards human frailties" -- Angus Clarke * The Times * "What ultimately makes the book such a joy is simply being in Merivel's company. His narration is by turns rueful, comic, despairing and joyful; but it's always bursting with life, always good-hearted - and always entirely loveable" -- James Walton * Daily Mail * "A delight" -- Lucy Beresford * Literary Review * "At times witty and enchanting, on other occasions full of doubt and self-loathing, Merivel remains a stunning achievement. He is Everyman and speaks to us all" -- Virginia Blackburn * Sunday Express * "Exuberance is a very hard thing to sustain in a novel... However, Tremain brings it off brilliantly. As one might expect, this is a very funny novel, full of picaresque adventure, hapless accidents and ingeniously wrought slapstick. However, it is also a very moving and beautiful novel. There are passages here which I found myself reading over and over again simply in order to savour them. Merivel: A Man of His Time may have been a long time coming, but it's been well worth the wait" -- John Preston * Mail on Sunday * "Merivel is excellent company. Writing with a mimic's ear for conversation, whimsical one moment, grave the next, Tremain has an underlying preoccupation here: the last third of live, love and loss, loneliness and vanity" -- Maggie Fergusson * Intelligent Life *

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