Paperback edition of Tremain's latest novel, which was
longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. A thrilling tale about
disputed territory, sibling love and devastating revenge.
Tremain's previous novel, "The Road Home", won the
Orange Prize and sold over 300,000 copies. 'Rose Tremain must
surely be one of the most versatile novelists writing today...'
In a silent valley stands an isolated stone farmhouse, the Mas
Lunel. Its owner is Aramon Lunel, an alcoholic so haunted by his
violent past that he's become incapable of all meaningful
action, letting his hunting dogs starve and his land go to ruin.
Meanwhile, his sister, Audrun, alone in her modern bungalow within
sight of the Mas Lunel, dreams of exacting retribution for the
unspoken betrayals that have blighted her life. Into this closed
Cevenol world comes Anthony Verey, a wealthy but disillusioned
antiques dealer from London. Now in his sixties, Anthony hopes to
remake his life in France, and he begins looking at properties in
the region. From the moment he arrives at the Mas Lunel, a
frightening and unstoppable series of consequences is set in
motion. Two worlds and two cultures collide. Ancient boundaries are
crossed, taboos are broken, a violent crime is committed. And all
the time the Cevennes hills remain, as cruel and seductive as ever,
unforgettably captured in this powerful and unsettling novel, which
reveals yet another dimension to Rose Tremain's extraordinary
"Taut ...full of suspense...bewitching" -- Ruth Scurr Observer "THRILLING...a terrific book, accomplished in its poised, imaginative storytelling and its vivid, sensual rendering of landscape and character, emotion and memory" The Times "An intelligent and terrifyingly plausible meditation" Sunday Telegraph "A sumptuously shaded portrait of a private, lonely place and its stranded people" Independent "Tremain is a writer of particular elegance and control, and her story unfolds from its arresting first scene to its luminous final image as gracefully as a ballet" The Telegraph, Review Magazine
Rose Tremain, 1943 geboren, wuchs in London auf und studierte an der Sorbonne. Sie war Dozentin für Englisch, Lehrerin und Lektorin, veröffentlichte Romane und Kurzgeschichten, schrieb aber auch für Film, Funk und Fernsehen.Ihre Bücher, für die sie mit zahlreichen Preisen aufgezeichnet wurde (u.a. dem Prix Femina Etranger) erschienen in 14 Sprachen. Für Melodie der Stille erhielt sie 2000 den Whitebread-Preis. Sie lebt in Norfolk.