A critically acclaimed British author and playwright, best-known for her expertly rendered historical fiction, Rose Tremain was born in London and trained at the Sorbonne and the University of East Anglia, where she later taught Creative Writing. She published her first novel, Sadler’s Birthday, in 1976 and was nominated as one of Granta’s 20 Best of Young British Novelists in 1983, but it was her 1989 work, Restoration, which established her career. Set during the reign of Charles II and following the fortunes of meretricious social climber Robert Merivel, the novel was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and was later adapted for a film starring Robert Downey Jr. Tremain later wrote a sequel to the novel, Merivel.
Rose Tremain’s other works include Sacred Country, which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Music and Silence, which won the Whitbread Novel Award, The Colour, The Darkness of Wallis Simpson, The Road Home, which won the 2007 Costa Novel Award and the Orange Prize, The Gustav Sonata and her first work of autobiography, Rosie.
From the tea-rooms of Bath to the rainforests of Borneo, Tremain’s nineteenth-century, globe-spanning epic throws a reluctant healer and a flawed philanthropist together in a grand narrative of refuge and belonging. Written with a mesmerising sense of time and place, Islands of Mercy is further evidence of the Booker Prize-shortlisted author’s breath-taking storytelling skills and gift for memorable characterisation.
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