Book giveaway: The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain


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What is the difference between friendship and love? Or between neutrality and commitment?

Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in 'neutral' Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem a distant echo. But Gustav's father has mysteriously died, and his adored mother Emilie is strangely cold and indifferent to him. Gustav's childhood is spent in isolation, his only toy a tin train with painted passengers staring blankly from the carriage windows.

As time goes on, an intense friendship with a boy of his own age, Anton Zwiebel, begins to define Gustav's life. Jewish and mercurial, a talented pianist tortured by nerves when he has to play in public, Anton fails to understand how deeply and irrevocably his life and Gustav's are entwined.

Fierce, astringent, yet also tender, Rose Tremain's beautifully orchestrated novel asks the question: what does it do to a person, or to a country, to pursue neutrality, or self-mastery, while all life's hopes and passions continually press upon the borders and beat upon the gate?


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Praise for The Gustav Sonata:

"This is a perfect novel about life’s imperfections… Tremain is writing at the height of her inimitable powers…" – Kate Kellaway, Observer


"The Gustav Sonata is a magnificent novel: heartbreaking, unsentimental and beautifully written, it reinforces my opinion that there are few writers out there with the dexterity or emotional intelligence to rival that of the great Rose Tremain." – John Boyne, The Irish Times


Meet the author: Rose Tremain




Rose Tremain's bestselling novels have been published in thirty countries and have won many awards, including the Orange Prize (The Road Home), the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music & Silence) and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Sacred Country); Restoration was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Rose Tremain was made a CBE in 2007 and was appointed Chancellor of the University of East Anglia in 2013. She lives in Norfolk and London with her partner, the biographer Richard Holmes.


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Book giveaway:

We've got 50 copies of The Gustav Sonata to give away to Mumsnetters to read and share their thoughts about it on the discussion thread. Fill in the form below to apply for your copy.

You don't have to win a free copy to take part in the discussion. Anyone who has read The Gustav Sonata can post their feedback on the discussion thread. If you miss out on a free one, you can buy a copyAll who post feedback by 5 August will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 Love2shop voucher.

This giveaway ends on 7 June so apply now!


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