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Rosie: Scenes from a vanished life by Rose Tremain

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August 2018, no. 403
Brenda Niall reviews 'Rosie: Scenes from a vanished life' by Rose Tremain

Rosie: Scenes from a vanished life

by Rose Tremain

Chatto & Windus, $32.99 hb, 210 pp, 9781784742270

Rosie: Scenes from a vanished life by Rose Tremain

Reviewed by
August 2018, no. 403

‘Write about what you don’t know,’ British novelist Rose Tremain advised young authors. That has been her own strategy during a long and star-studded career. It is quite a stretch from the court of England’s Charles II in Restoration (1989), or that of Christian IV of Denmark in Music and Silence (1999), or that of the muddy goldfields of The Colour (2003) set in nineteenth-century New Zealand, or The Road Home (2008), which movingly reveals an East European migrant’s struggles in today’s London. Impressive research and an imagination that flourishes on challenge have made Tremain one of the finest and least predictable of novelists.

Brenda Niall reviews 'Rosie: Scenes from a vanished life' by Rose Tremain

Rosie: Scenes from a vanished life

by Rose Tremain

Chatto & Windus, $32.99 hb, 210 pp, 9781784742270

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