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Islands of Mercy
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An audacious novel about destiny and desire from the incomparable Rose Tremain

About the Author

Rose Tremain's novels and short stories have been published in thirty countries and have won many awards, including the Orange Prize (The Road Home), the Dylan Thomas Award (The Colonel's Daughter and Other Stories), the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music & Silence), the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger (Sacred Country) and the South Bank Sky Arts Award (The Gustav Sonata). Rose Tremain was made a CBE in 2007. She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer, Richard Holmes. Rose Tremain writes- 'The novel explores the primal human quest to find meaning in a life, an aspiration which engages people in wildly different ways across the globe. I chose two contrasting locations- the genteel city of Bath and the harsh island of Borneo and unfolded in them both stories of sexual entrapment, material striving, loss of love, untimely death and - through them all - the desperate and unending search for places of consolation and solace.' www.rosetremain.co.uk

Reviews

A hell of a read - so emotionally sophisticated, so deft with shade and light, more absorbing than most fiction I've read this year -- Johanna Thomas-Corr * Sunday Times *
Terrific -- Louise Carpenter * The Times *
Another gratifyingly well-put-together work... Tremain's long sentences brim with a poised positivity...[and] add lightness to her fond depictions of these imperfect strivers -- Francesca Carington * Sunday Telegraph, *Novel of the Week* *
A moving exploration of love and the sacrifices we're willing to make in its name * Good Housekeeping *
An exhilarating exploration of love, life, loss and death... A thrilling and seductive story... Vivid and beguiling -- Rowan Mantell * Eastern Daily Press *

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