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The Swimming Pool Season

The Swimming Pool Season

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By (author) Rose Tremain

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 24mm | 118g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099428253
  • ISBN 13: 9780099428251
  • Sales rank: 173,147

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After the collapse of 'Aquazure', his swimming pool construction business, Larry and Miriam Kendall have exiled themselves to a sleepy French village. When Miriam is summoned to her mother's deathbed in Oxford, Larry begins to formulate a dazzling new idea: the creation of the most beautiful, the most artistic swimming pool of all. Around them, Rose Tremain weaves the intricate fabric of the lives of two communities: Miriam's mother, Leni, clever, beautiful and arrogant. Polish Nadia, tortured by the passions of her sad and guilty past. Gervaise the peasant woman - content with her boisterous German lover and confused husband. And the young tearaway Xavier, in love with the virginal Agnes.

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Rose Tremain's bestselling novels have won many awards, including the Orange Prize (The Road Home), the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music and Silence), the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger (Sacred Country). Restoration was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in1989 and made into a film in 1995. Her short story, 'Moth', was also filmed (as the award-winning Ricky) by Francois Ozon in 2009. Her most recent novel, Trespass, was a Richard and Judy Bookclub Choice. Rose Tremain was made a CBE in 2007. She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer, Richard Holmes.

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"A love story in the very best sense of the phrase...a very good novel as well as an enjoyable one" Literary Review "A tense and steamy narrative" Times Literary Supplement "A patchwork of pain and longing stitched into a satisfying pattern by Rose Tremain's humour and depth of sympathy" Mail on Sunday