Amanda Craig

Poles Apart

The Road Home

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It is strange to think that Rose Tremain is always more concerned with outsiders than insiders. To those familiar only with her best-selling, prize-winning novels like Restoration, Music & Silence and most recently The Colour, she has acquired a lustrous Establishment sheen as the respectable face of historical fiction. Yet just as impressive, and interesting, are the fictions set in modern times. Tremain has explored the minds of batty old Marxists, property developers in France, transsexuals in America and a teenaged boy in love with a very much older woman. It is these works that have pushed her to develop most, although they are probably less commercially successful.

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