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 novelist, short story writer, and former Chancellor of the University of East Anglia.


Rose Tremain was born Rosemary Jane Thomson on 2 August 1943 in London. Her paternal great-grandfather is William Thomson, who was Archbishop of York from 1862 to 1890. 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[edit]

Selected bibliography[edit]


Collections of short stories[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • Journey to the Volcano (1985)


  • Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life (2018)


  1. ^ a b Rustin, Susanna (9 May 2003). "Costume dramatist". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ "Novelist Rose Tremain appointed as new UEA chancellor". BBC News. 14 April 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  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. 
  5. ^ Oxfam: Ox-Tales Archived 20 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Shortlist for 2013 Walter Scott Prize Announced". Borders Book Festival. Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Tan Twan Eng wins The Walter Scott Prize". Borders Book Festival. 14 June 2013. Archived from the original on 8 September 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Charlotte Williams (15 October 2012). "Random House gets four nods for Wellcome Trust Book Prize". The Bookseller. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 

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