The Swimming Pool Season

The Swimming Pool Season

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From the author of The Gustav Sonata

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.

Over a million Rose Tremain books sold

`A writer of exceptional talent ... Tremain is a writer who understands every emotion' Independent I

`There are few writers out there with the dexterity or emotional intelligence to rival that of the great Rose Tremain' Irish Times

`Tremain has the painterly genius of an Old Master, and she uses it to stunning effect' The Times

`Rose Tremain is one of the very finest British novelists' Salman Rushdie

`Tremain is a writer of exemplary vision and particularity. The fictional world is rendered with extraordinary vividness' Marcel Theroux, Guardian
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 24mm | 117.94g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0099428253
  • 9780099428251
  • 244,187

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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 *
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About Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain's novels and short stories have been published in thirty countries and have won several awards, including the Orange Prize (The Road Home), the Dylan Thomas Award (The Colonel's Daughter and Other Stories), the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music & Silence) and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Sacred Country). Her most recent novel, The Gustav Sonata, was a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller. It won the National Jewish Book Award in the US, the South Bank Sky Arts Award in the UK and was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. Rose Tremain was made a CBE in 2007. She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer, Richard Holmes.
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Review Text

"A patchwork of pain and longing stitched into a satisfying pattern by Rose Tremain's humour and depth of sympathy"
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Rating details

283 ratings
3.55 out of 5 stars
5 13% (36)
4 41% (117)
3 36% (103)
2 7% (21)
1 2% (6)
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