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ISBN: Hardback: 9781784743314

Islands of Mercy (due 28 May 2020)

by: Rose Tremain

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A critically acclaimed British author and playwright, best-known for her expertly rendered historical fiction, Rose Tremain was born in London and trained at the Sorbonne and the University of East Anglia, where she later taught Creative Writing. She published her first novel, Sadler’s Birthday, in 1976 and was nominated as one of Granta’s 20 Best of Young British Novelists in 1983, but it was her 1989 work, Restoration, which established her career. Set during the reign of Charles II and following the fortunes of meretricious social climber Robert Merivel, the novel was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and was later adapted for a film starring Robert Downey Jr. Tremain later wrote a sequel to the novel, Merivel. Rose Tremain’s other works include Sacred Country, which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Music and Silence, which won the Whitbread Novel Award, The Colour, The Darkness of Wallis Simpson, The Road Home, which won the 2007 Costa Novel Award and the Orange Prize, The Gustav Sonata and her first work of autobiography, Rosie.
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In the city of Bath, in the year 1865, an extraordinary young woman renowned for her nursing skills is convinced that some other destiny will one day show itself to her. But when she finds herself torn between a dangerous affair with a female lover and the promise of a conventional marriage to an apparently respectable doctor, her desires begin to lead her towards a future she had never imagined.

Meanwhile, on the wild island of Borneo, an eccentric British ‘rajah’, Sir Ralph Savage, overflowing with philanthropy but compromised by his passions, sees his schemes relentlessly undermined by his own fragility, by man’s innate greed and by the invasive power of the forest itself Jane’s quest for an altered life and Sir Ralph’s endeavours become locked together as the story journeys across the globe – from the confines of an English tearoom to the rainforests of a tropical island via the slums of Dublin and the transgressive fancy-dress boutiques of Paris.

Islands of Mercy is a novel that ignites the senses, and is a bold exploration of the human urge to seek places of sanctuary in a pitiless world.

 

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ISBN: Hardback: 9781784743314
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 2020
Page Count: 368

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