January book of the month: Trespass by Rose Tremain
Starting 2011 with a sparkle, our January author of the month is Rose Tremain, an exceptional novelist who has won the Whitbread Prize, the Orange Prize and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
Rose was born in 1943 in London. She was educated at the Sorbonne and is a graduate of the University of East Anglia, where she taught creative writing from 1988-95.
Her first novel, Sadler's Birthday, was published in 1976. This was followed by 11 further novels (including Restoration which was made into a film in 1993, Music and Silence which won the Whitbread, and The Road Home, winner of 2008's Orange Prize), four short story collections and a number of radio and television plays. She reviews and broadcasts regularly for press and radio, and lives in Norfolk and London. Rose was awarded a CBE in 2007.
Her latest novel, and our January book of the month, is Trespass. Set in the wild, mountainous region of the Cevennes, in central France, it is a stylish, arresting book that explores people's connections to the land, and the battle between exile and belonging.
It begins with Melodie, a 10 year old on a school trip to the countryside, who wanders away from her classmates and suddenly sees something appalling. All the characters who follow are in some way seeking sanctuary, and the darkness of their past is ingeniously revealed, in a supremely taut, suspense-filled plot.
Date for your 2011 diary!
Rose will be joining book club on Thursday 20 January, between 8pm and 9pm, to discuss Trespass and answer your questions about this book, her previous books, or anything else you'd like to put to her.
Anyone who can't make it, but would like to put a question to Rose, please feel free to post your questions in advance.