Restoration

Restoration

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When a twist of fate delivers an ambitious young medical student to the court of King Charles II, he is suddenly thrust into a vibrant world of luxury and opulence. Blessed with a quick wit and sparkling charm, Robert Merivel rises quickly, soon finding favour with the King, and privileged with a position as 'paper groom' to the youngest of the King's mistresses. But by falling in love with her, Merivel transgresses the one rule that will cast him out from his new-found paradise. Determined to be restored to the King's grace, Merivel begins a journey of self-knowledge and soon discovers that the King's pleasure is equally matched by his wrath...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 30mm | 340.19g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 009953195X
  • 9780099531951
  • 89,064

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"Triumphant" Sunday Telegraph "Gripping" Herald "A most beautiful and original novel" Independent "A dazzling triumph... It is nothing less than superb" New York Times Book Review "To be moved and impressed by a novel and yet so entertained, is rare" Fay Weldonshow more

About Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain lives in North London and Norwich, with the biographer Richard Holmes. Her books have won many prizes including the 2008 Orange Prize, the Whitbread Novel of the Year, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Prix Femina Etranger, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Angel Literary Award and the Sunday Express Book of the Year. Restoration was shortlisted for the Booker and made into a film; The Colour was shortlisted for the Orange and selected by the Daily Mail Reading Club. Her most recent collection, The Darkness of Wallis Simpson, was shortlisted for both the First National Short story Award and the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Two of her books (The Colour and The Way I Found Her) are in development as films, and she is currently working on a TV screenplay to star Sir Ian McKellen.show more

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"For a vivid – and funny – fictional re-creation of the era, Tremain’s Restoration is hard to beat."show more

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3.97 out of 5 stars
5 31% (1,104)
4 42% (1,486)
3 20% (703)
2 5% (159)
1 2% (56)
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