From the author of The Gustav Sonata. At the age of six, Mary Ward, the child of a poor farming family in Suffolk, has a revelation: she isn't Mary, she's a boy. So begins Mary's heroic struggle to change gender, while around her others also strive to find a place of safety and fulfilment in a savage and confusing world. Over a million Rose Tremain books sold. "A writer of exceptional talent ...Tremain is a writer who understands every emotion". (Independent I). "There are few writers out there with the dexterity or emotional intelligence to rival that of the great Rose Tremain". (Irish Times). "Tremain has the painterly genius of an Old Master, and she uses it to stunning effect". (The Times). "Rose Tremain is one of the very finest British novelists". (Salman Rushdie). "Tremain is a writer of exemplary vision and particularity. The fictional world is rendered with extraordinary vividness". (Marcel Theroux, Guardian).
"A remarkable novel" The Times "A major book" Daily Telegraph "Hypnotic... Curiously beautiful and strikingly original" Spectator "Brilliant. A strong, complex, unsentimental novel" Times Literary Supplement "Rose Tremain writes comedy that can break your heart-Funny, absorbing and quite original. I've read nothing to touch it this year" Literary Review
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 the biographer, Richard Holmes. www.rosetremain.co.uk