Posted on 13th Feb, 2017 by Sally Campbell & Martha Greengrass
Our Fiction Book of the Month for February is The Gustav Sonata, Rose Tremain's finely-tuned and expertly measured account of the indelible impact of a lifelong friendship built in the aftermath of war. Two young boys, Gustav and Anton, form a lasting bond; coloured by social, religious and family division and the legacy of personal and national neutrality. Writing for The Observer, Hannah Beckerman described the boys’ relationship as ‘a powerful, profound and unexpected love story', and the book itself as 'a masterful, meditative novel'. Waterstones Online's Martha Greengrass caught up with Tremain to discuss some of the many themes underpinning the novel: the wide-ranging cost of reticence, the music of fiction and the vital importance of friendship.
Posted on 18th May, 2016 by Rose Tremain
On the eve of her new novel The Gustav Sonata's publication, Orange and Whitbread-winning author Rose Tremain looks back on forty years of writing and the unexpected places it has taken her.
Posted on 9th May, 2016 by Mark Haddon
In an exclusive piece for Waterstones, author Mark Haddon discusses Granta magazine, the art of the short story and the immediacy of reportage.
Posted on 17th Sep, 2014 by Waterstones
The shortlist for this year's BBC National Short Story Award once again proves that incredible things come in small packages.
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