Tremain, Rose

BA Year : 1967

Biography

Rose Tremain graduated from UEA in 1967 and subsequently returned to teach on the Creative Writing MA between 1988 and 1995.  She is now one of UEA’s Distinguished Writing Fellows.  Her first novel, Sadler’s Birthday, was published in 1976 and among her many other acclaimed novels and short story collections are Restoration (1989), which won the Angel Literary Award and the Sunday Express Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Sacred Country (1992), which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Fémina Etranger, Music and Silence (1999), which won the Whitbread Novel Award, The Colour (2004), which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and The Road Home, which won the 2008 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction.  She was awarded a CBE in 2007, and in 2012 was installed as UEA’s first female Chancellor.

Awards and recognition

  • Granta Best of Young British Novelists 1983
  • Dylan Thomas Award winner for The Colonel's Daughter and Other Stories (1984)
  • Angel Literary Award winner for The Swimming Pool Season (1985)
  • Angel Literary Award winner for Restoration (1989)
  • Sunday Express Book of the Year winner for Restoration (1989)
  • Booker Prize shortlist for Restoration (1990)
  • James Tait Black Memorial Prize winner for Sacred Country (1992)
  • Prix Fémina Etranger winner for Sacred Country (France 1993)
  • Whitbread Novel Award winner for Music and Silence (1999)
  • Orange Prize for Fiction shortlist for The Colour (2004)
  • Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award shortlist for The Darkness of Wallis Simpson (2006)
  • Orange Broadband Prize Winner for The Road Home (2008)
  • Man Booker Prize longlist for Tresspass (2010)
  • Wellcome Trust Book Prize shortlist for Merivel (2012)
  • Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction shortlist for Merivel (2013)
  • BBC National Short Story Award shortlist (2014)
  • Edge Hill Short Story Prize shortlist for The American Lover (2015)
  • Costa Novel Award shortlist for The Gustav Sonata (2017)
  • Sir Walter Scott Prize shortlist for The Gustav Sonata (2017)
  • Ondaatje Prize shortlist for The Gustav Sonata (2017)
  • IBW Book Award shortlist for The Gustav Sonata (2017)
  • Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist for The Gustav Sonata (2017)
  • International Dublin Literary Award longlist for The Gustav Sonata (2018)
  • Works

  • Sadler's Birthday (1976)
  • Letter to Sister Benedicta (1978)
  • The Cupboard (1981)
  • The Colonel's Daughter and Other Stories (1984)
  • Journey to the Volcano (1985)
  • The Swimming Pool Season (1985)
  • The Garden of the Villa Mollini and Other Stories (1987)
  • Restoration (1989)
  • Sacred Country (1992)
  •  Evangelista's Fan and Other Stories (1994)
  • Collected Short Stories (1996)
  • The Way I Found Her (1997)
  • Music and Silence (1999)
  • The Colour (2003)
  • The Darkness of Wallis Simpson (2005)
  • The Road Home (2007)
  • Trespass (2010)
  • Merivel: A Man Of His Time (2012)
  • The American Lover (2014)
  • The Gustav Sonata (2016)
  • Rosie: Scenes From A Vanished Life (2018)
  • Islands Of Mercy (2020)