Rose Tremain

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Rose Tremain
Born (1943-08-02) 2 August 1943 (age 75)
Occupation Novelist
Language English
Nationality British
Alma mater Sorbonne
University of East Anglia (BA)
Notable awards Orange Prize (2008)
Whitbread Award (1999)
Prix Femina Étranger (1994
James Tait Black Memorial Prize (1992)
Sunday Express Book of the Year (1989)
Giles Cooper Award (1984)

Rose Tremain CBE FRSL (born 2 August 1943) is an English author, and current Chancellor of the University of East Anglia.


Rose Tremain was born Rosemary Jane Thomson on 2 August 1943 in London. She was educated at Francis Holland School, Crofton Grange School, the Sorbonne (1961–1962) and the University of East Anglia (BA, English Literature).[1] She later went on to teach creative writing at the University of East Anglia from 1988 to 1995, and was appointed Chancellor in 2013.[2]

She married Jon Tremain in 1971 and they had one daughter, Eleanor, born in 1972, who became an actress. The marriage lasted about five years. Her second marriage, to theatre director Jonathan Dudley, in 1982, lasted about nine years; and she has been with Richard Holmes since 1992. She lives in Norfolk.[3][4]


Her influences include William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel 100 Years of Solitude and the magical realism style.

She is a historical novelist who approaches her subjects "from unexpected angles, concentrating her attention on unglamorous outsiders."[1]

In 2009, she donated the short story The Jester of Astapovo to Oxfam's "Ox-Tales" project, four collections of UK stories written by 38 authors. Her story was published in the 'Earth' collection.[5]

Awards and honours

Selected bibliography


Collections of short stories

  • The Colonel's Daughter and other stories (1983)
  • The Garden of the Villa Mollini and other stories (1987)
  • Evangelista's Fan and other stories (1994)
  • The Darkness of Wallis Simpson and other stories (2006)
  • The American Lover (2014)

For children

  • Journey to the Volcano (1985)


  1. 1.0 1.1 Rustin, Susanna (9 May 2003). "Costume dramatist". The Guardian.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Novelist Rose Tremain appointed as new UEA chancellor". BBC News. 14 April 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Author Notes from 2002 Vintage edition of Sacred County.
  4. "Journeys home: Rose Tremain reflects on the past and her present life writing in the south of France". The Independent. 5 March 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Oxfam: Ox-Tales Archived 20 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  6. "Shortlist for 2013 Walter Scott Prize Announced". Borders Book Festival. Retrieved 15 June 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Tan Twan Eng wins The Walter Scott Prize". Borders Book Festival. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Charlotte Williams (15 October 2012). "Random House gets four nods for Wellcome Trust Book Prize". The Bookseller. Retrieved 9 November 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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