Georgina Godwin interviews acclaimed novelist Rose Tremain about her relationship with her parents and how that has impacted on her writing, including in her latest book, ‘Islands of Mercy’. Set in 1986, it shifts between the genteel town of Bath and the wild island of Borneo.
The novelist in conversation, with Michael Caines, about her latest novel, The Gustav Sonata, and forty years as a published author. www.the-tls.co.ukSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Internationally renowned author and UEA Chancellor Rose Tremain discusses her new book, The Gustav Sonata. Beginning in the 1930s under the shadow of the Second World War, it is a gripping story of the struggle for love and the healing power of lasting friendship.Part of the City of Literature programme at Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2016.
Rose Tremain is one of our finest writers, and her bestselling books - both novels and short stories - are garlanded with prizes. She defies categorisation and is equally at home with historical and contemporary fiction: she has created characters as diverse as Merivel, the physician turned fool at the court of Charles II; a 19th-century gold miner in New Zealand; and a transsexual growing up in rural Suffolk. Rose talks to Michael Berkeley about her latest novel, The Gustav Sonata, the story of a long and loving relationship between someone who is profoundly musical and somebody who isn't. She chooses music which inspired the story and which features in it: by Schubert, Beethoven and Mahler, as well as music she loved as a teenager and as a student in Paris.And Rose remembers her inspirational piano teacher, Joyce Hatto, whose career ended in disappointment and scandal many years later.Producer: Jane GreenwoodA Loftus Media production for BBC Radio 3.
Rose Tremain; The Imitation Game; Wildefire; Allen Jones; Remember Me
Rose Tremain's latest book is a collection of short stories called The American Lover; how does her shorter fiction compare to her full length work?Benedict Cumberbatch plays the WWII cryptographer and code-breaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. Also starring Kiera Knightley, it tells the tale of the team of British maths geniuses who cracked the Nazi's Enigma Code. How successfully does it breathe new life into the biography of a private and secretive man?Roy Williams' new play Wildefire, directed by Maria Aberg, opens at London's Hampstead Theatre. It deals with 'the precarious world of modern policing'; how does a good copper stay good when her world turns nasty?British artist Allen Jones is probably best known for three works he created 45 years ago; Hat Stand, Table and Chair. A new exhibition at London's Royal Academy is a look back at his career - including pop art from the 60s, through figurative sculpture to his painted steel sculptures. But do accusations that his early work demeans women still hold sway in the more broadminded 21st century?Michael Palin returns to a British TV series for the first time in 2 decades in Remember Me on BBC1; a supernatural thriller set in Yorkshire - who is to blame for a series of mysterious deaths?Razia Iqbal's guests are Elif Shafak, Patrick Gale and Miranda Carter. The producer is Oliver Jones.
Rose Tremain answers questions from an audience and sent in by World Service listeners about her international best-seller, Restoration, set in the time of Charles II in 17th Century England. Presenter: Harriett Gilbert.