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The Road Home

The Road Home Description:

Lev is on his way to Britain to seek work so that he can send money back to eastern Europe to support his mother and little daughter He struggles with the mysterious rituals of Englishness and the fashions and fads of the London scene We see the road Lev travels through his eyes and we share his dilemmas

Rating: 3.72 out of 5

The Colour

The Colour Description:

Newlyweds Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from England to New Zealand along with Joseph s mother Lilian in search of new beginnings and prosperity but the harsh land near Christchurch where they settle threatens to destroy them almost before they begin When Joseph finds gold in a creek bed he hides the discovery from both his wife and mother and becomes obsessed with the riches awaiting him deep in the earth Abandoning his farm and family he sets off alone for the new goldfields over the Southern Alps a moral wilderness where many others under the seductive dreams of the colour rush to their destinies and doom

Rating: 3.78 out of 5

Restoration

Restoration Description:

Robert Merivel son of a glove maker and an aspiring physician finds his fortunes transformed when he is given a position at the court of King Charles II Merivel slips easily into a life of luxury and idleness enthusiastically enjoying the women and wine of the vibrant Restoration age But when he s called on to serve the king in an unusual role he transgresses the one law that he is forbidden to break and is brutally cast out from his newfound paradise Thus begins Merivel s journey to self knowledge which will take him down into the lowest depths of seventeenth century society

Rating: 3.53 out of 5

The Gustav Sonata

The Gustav Sonata Description:

Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in Switzerland where the horrors of the Second World War seem only a distant echo An only child he lives alone with Emilie the mother he adores but who treats him with bitter severity He begins an intense friendship with a Jewish boy his age talented and mercurial Anton Zweibel a budding concert pianist The novel follows Gustav s family tracing the roots of his mother s anti Semitism and its impact on her son and his beloved friend br br Moving backward to the war years and the painful repercussions of an act of conscience and forward through the lives and careers of Gustav and Anton i The Gustav Sonata i explores the passionate love of childhood friendship as it s lost transformed and regained over a lifetime It s a powerful and deeply moving addition to the beloved oeuvre of one of our greatest contemporary novelists

Rating: 3.60 out of 5

Music & Silence

Music & Silence Description:

Set in seventeenth century Denmark Rose Tremain s dazzling prize winning tale is a pungently atmospheric richly provocative and masterfully orchestrated romance of point and counterpoint loyalty and deception tenderness and violence community and alienation peace and conflict Music amp Silence Peter Claire is an English lutenist summoned to Denmark to join King Christian IV s royal orchestra Designated the king s Angel because of the purity of his physical beauty Peter falls helplessly in love with the lovely companion of Queen Kirsten the king s adulterous wife The young musician finds himself dangerously torn between loyalties ensnared in the deep seated unrest of a royal court where the forces of good and evil of harmony and dissonance are ensconced in a battle to the death

Rating: 3.76 out of 5

Trespass

Trespass Description:

In a silent valley in southern France stands an isolated stone farmhouse the Mas Lunel Aramon the owner is 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 world comes Anthony Verey a wealthy but disillusioned antiques dealer from London When he sets his sights on the Mas a frightening and unstoppable series of consequences is set in motion

Rating: 3.69 out of 5

The Way I Found Her

The Way I Found Her Description:

This is the summer that Lewis Little precocious thirteen year old is spending in Paris with his beautiful mother Alice who is translating the latest medieval romance by Valentina Gavrilovich the bestselling and exotic Russian migr This is the summer that the bewitching Valentina beckons from her sofa and Lewis discovers an exquisite new world filled with passion and intrigue set against the alluring backdrop of Paris br But when Valentina disappears and Lewis takes it upon himself to find her wondrous secrets suddenly turn sinister This is the summer that Lewis caught in a bizarre and dangerous romance is about to face head on the perilous force that transforms children into adults

Rating: 3.46 out of 5

Sacred Country

Sacred Country Description:

I have a secret to tell you dear and this is it I am not Mary That is a mistake I am not a girl I m a boy Mary s fight to become Martin her claustrophobic small town and her troubled family make up the core of this remarkable and intimate emotional yet unsentimental novel As daring as Virginia Woolf s i Orlando i i Sacred Country i inspires us to reconsider the essence of gender and proposes new insights in the unraveling of that timeless malady known as the human condition As Mary s mother Estelle observes There are no whole truths just as there is no heart of the onion There are only the dreams of the individual mind br Sweeping us through three decades from the repressive English countryside of the fifties to the swinging London of the sixties to the rhinestone tackiness of seventies America Rose Tremain unmasks the sacred country within us all

Rating: 3.56 out of 5

Merivel: A Man of His Time

Merivel: A Man of His Time Description:

From the Orange Prize winning author Rose Tremain comes a brilliant and picaresque novel of seventeenth century England In the wake of the gaudy years of the Restoration Robert Merivel physician and courtier to Charles II faces the agitations and anxieties of middle age Questions crowd his mind has he been a good father Is he a fair master Is he the King s friend or the King s slave In search of answers Merivel sets off for the French court of Versailles where inevitably misadventures ensue

Rating: 3.71 out of 5

The American Lover

The American Lover Description:

Rose Tremain awakens the senses in this magnificent and diverse collection of short stories br br Trapped in a London apartment Beth remembers a transgressive love affair in s Paris The most famous writer in Russia takes his last breath in a stationmaster s cottage miles from Moscow A young woman who is about to marry a rich aristocrat instead begins a torrid relationship with a construction worker A father finally free of his daughter s demands embarks on a long swim from his Canadian lakeside retreat A middle aged woman cares for her injured mother at Christmas And in the grandest house of all Danni the Polish housekeeper catches the eye of an enigmatic visitor Daphne du Maurier br br Rose Tremain awakens the senses in this magnificent and diverse collection of short stories In her precise yet sensuous style she lays bare the soul of her characters the admirable the embarrassing the unfulfilled the sexy and the adorable to uncover a dazzling range of human emotions and desires

Rating: 3.54 out of 5