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A memoir from one of our best-loved and best-selling authors. A beautiful and compelling glimpse into a world now lost and the birth of a writer

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Rose Tremain's novels and short stories have been published in thirty countries and have won several awards, including the Orange Prize (The Road Home), the Dylan Thomas Award (The Colonel's Daughter and Other Stories), the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music & Silence) and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Sacred Country). Her most recent novel, The Gustav Sonata, was a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller. It won the National Jewish Book Award in the US, the South Bank Sky Arts Award in the UK and was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. Rose Tremain was made a CBE in 2007. She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer, Richard Holmes.



"Rose Tremain famously eschews autobiographical material in her fiction, so this account of her childhood feels so fresh it stings... [she] brings her formidable talent for characterisation to bear on the vanished, culpable cast of her childhood" -- Claire Lowdon * Sunday Times, **Books of the Year** *
"Rose Tremain manages to fit more wisdom, more unforgettable scenes, more illuminating recollections, into this 194-page memoir than other writers do in memoirs three times the length. A book as nourishing, but concise as this makes you wonder why other writers have to be so long-winded ... For anyone who loves Tremain's novels this memoir is a vital companion" -- Ysenda Maxton Graham * The Times *
"Intriguing and moving ... So much more alert and open and alive than so many slightly disappointing memoirs by otherwise great writers ... Rosie is a work of self-discovery in the best possible sense of the word - it pulls you in, unsettles, comforts and exhilarates and, finally, makes you see your life anew" -- Julie Myerson * The Spectator *
"Rose Tremain turns to non-fiction for the first time with this lyrical account of her life up to the age of 18 ... The evocation of 1950s schoolgirldom, with all its emotions, elations and smells, is wonderfully vivid - distinctive, like being donated a set of dreams ... A quiet drama, but as you'd expect it's the writing that makes this book such a delight" -- Claire Harman * Evening Standard *
"A beautifully written ode to the tenacity of our younger selves" -- Francesca Brown * Stylist *
"This poignant memoir ... A telling portrait of what went into the making of one of our most acclaimed novelists" -- Fanny Blake * Woman & Home *
"The author uses her considerable narrative skills of set-up and delayed revelation to keep the reader enthralled ... Fans of her novels will know that Tremain has a brilliant eye for visual information, vividly deployed here" -- John Walsh * The Sunday Times *
"An evocative, unflinching memoir ... electric" -- Hephzibah Anderson * The Mail on Sunday *
"I was startled, but also very moved, by the almost abrasive directness of Rose Tremain's memoir Rosie. It did exactly what memoirs ought to do: made me want to rush straight back to her fiction" -- Julie Myerson * The Observer *
"Compelling, moving and nostalgic in its evocation of a bygone era" -- Charlotte Heathcote * Daily Express *
"Tremain did not publish her first fiction until she was 33 - this disquieting, beautifully crafted memoir shows that she was in training to be a writer from the start" -- Catherine Taylor * Irish Times *
"Dream-like vignettes of a girl - and a world - that no longer exists ... Rosie is endlessly intriguing." -- Lucy Scholes * The Independent *
"That most polished and elegant of novelists, Rose Tremain, has produced a memoir of her first 18 years, marked by her characteristic clarity of style and sensitivity to detail" -- Rupert Christiansen * The Daily Telegraph *
"This slim, elegant - sometimes shocking - study of maternal failure is also a love letter to her nanny" -- Lisa Allardice * The Guardian *
"In the manner of a certain kind of photograph album, it captures rather beautifully a privileged postwar world ... Fascinating ... Perfectly delicious in its way" -- Rachel Cooke * The Observer *

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