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Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life - Rose Tremain

Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life - Rose Tremain

Title: Rosie

Author:  Rose Tremain

ISBN:  9781784742270

Weight:  583g

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Rosie by Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain grew up in post-war London, a city of grey austerity, still partly in ruins, where both food and affection were fiercely rationed.  The girl known then as ‘Rosie’ and her sister Jo spent their days longing for their grandparents’ farm, buried deep in the Hampshire countryside, a green paradise of feasts and freedom, where they could at last roam and dream.

But when Rosie is ten years old, everything changes.  She and Jo lose their father, their London house, their school, their friends, and – most agonisingly of all – their beloved Nanny, Vera, the only adult to have shown them real love and affection.

Briskly dispatched to a freezing boarding-school in Hertfordshire, they once again feel like imprisoned castaways.  But slowly the teenage Rosie escapes from the cold world of the Fifties, into a place of inspiration and mischief, of loving friendships and dedicated teachers, where a young writer is suddenly ready to be born.

Peer & Press Reviews

Rose Tremain manages to fit more wisdom, more unforgettable scenes, more illuminating recollections, into this 194-page memoir than other writers do in memoirs three times the length.  A book as nourishing, but concise as this makes you wonder why other writers have to be so long-winded…  For anyone who loves Tremain’s novels this memoir is a vital companion.

Ysenda Maxton Graham, Times

Intriguing and moving…  So much more alert and open and alive than so many slightly disappointing memoirs by otherwise great writers…  Rosie is a work of self-discovery in the best possible sense of the word – it pulls you in, unsettles, comforts and exhilarates and, finally, makes you see your life anew.

Julie Myerson, Spectator

Tremain did not publish her first fiction until she was 33 – this disquieting, beautifully crafted memoir shows that she was in training to be a writer from the start.

Catherine Taylor, Irish Times

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Rosie
Sub title Scenes from a Vanished Life
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition features

The main body of the book is 190 pages, which includes two 8-page sections of black & white photographs.

The back matter has a further 20 pages:

Afterword [4 pages]
List of Illustrations [2]
Index [14]

Jacket note On the front of the jacket is a ‘signed by the author sticker’ (see image).  Because the paper used for the jacket has a laminate finish, WE DON’T ADVISE REMOVING THIS as it could result in a flaw known as Sticker Ghost.
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the tipped-in title page
Book Stats
Publisher Vintage Publishing
Imprint Chatto & Windus
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13 9781784742270
ISBN 10 1784742279
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 190 [main body]
Size (h x w x d) 205 x 143 x 25mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph David Kirkham

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