January book of the month: Trespass by Rose Tremain
Starting 2011 with a sparkle, our January author of the month is an exceptional novelist who has won the Whitbread Prize, the Orange Prize and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
Rose Tremain 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 was chosen as one of the 20 'Best of Young British Novelists' by the literary magazine Granta in 1983, and was a judge for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1988 and in 2000. She reviews and broadcasts regularly for press and radio, and lives in Norfolk and London. Rose Tremain 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.
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. Get the date in your brand-new diary.
Anyone who can't make it, please feel free to post your questions in advance.
Rose is joining us from 8-9pm on Thursday 20 January. Looking forward to seeing you!
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