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  • Published: 26 September 2023
  • ISBN: 9781784745202
  • Imprint: Chatto & Windus
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $45.00

Absolutely and Forever

An electrifying love story from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Lily

How do you find the courage to make your own life? An electrifying novel about first love set in 1960s London and Paris from multiple bestseller, Rose Tremain

'I can't think of any novel that has described the anguish, comedy and intensity of first love as well as Absolutely & Forever ... this may be her masterpiece' Amanda Craig

A piercing short novel of thwarted love and true friendship from one of our greatest living writers

How do you find the courage to make your own life?

Marianne Clifford, teenage daughter of a peppery army colonel and his vain wife, falls helplessly and absolutely for eighteen-year-old Simon Hurst, whose cleverness and physical beauty suggest that he will go forward into a successful and monied future, helped on by doting parents. But fate intervenes. Simon's plans are blown off course, he leaves for Paris and Marianne is forced to bury her dreams of a future together.

It is Marianne who tells this piercing story of first love, characterising herself as ignorant and unworthy, whilst her smart, ironic narration tellingly reveals so much more. Finding her way in 1960s Chelsea, and supported by her courageous Scottish friend, Petronella, she continues to seek the life she never stops craving. And in Paris, beneath his blithe exterior, Simon Hurst continues to nurse the secret which will alter everything.

'There are few writers out there with the dexterity or emotional intelligence to rival that of the great Rose Tremain' John Boyne

'One of my favourite writers' Nina Stibbe

'Tremain is one of the best novelists writing today' Sara Collins

'Pulsatingly alive. . . no one can break your heart quite like this' Neel Mukherjee

'Rose Tremain's fiction is my gold-standard' Charlotte Mendelson

  • Published: 26 September 2023
  • ISBN: 9781784745202
  • Imprint: Chatto & Windus
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $45.00

About the author

Rose Tremain

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) and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Sacred Country). Her most recent novel, The Gustav Sonata, was a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller. It won the National Jewish Book Award in the US, the South Bank Sky Arts Award in the UK and was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. Rose Tremain was made a CBE in 2007 and a Dame in 2020. She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer, Richard Holmes.


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Praise for Absolutely and Forever

There are only a handful of writers whose novels I read on publication day. Rose Tremain is one of them

John Boyne

PRAISE FOR ROSE TREMAIN: One of my favourite writers

Nina Stibbe

Tremain is one of the best novelists writing today

Sara Collins

Pulsatingly alive. . . no one can break your heart quite like this

Neel Mukherjee

Rose Tremain's fiction is my gold-standard

Charlotte Mendelson

PRAISE FOR ABSOLUTELY AND FOREVER: 'Stunningly beautiful and deeply moving'

Simon Schama

A slim, funny, elegantly breezy coming-of-age story

Sunday Times

[A] delicate, generous-hearted novel


This is a book about the comic, painful, life-long search for human understanding. Not a word is wasted; not a phrase trite. It is mesmerising, masterly and profoundly moving

Financial Times

From page 4 of Absolutely and Forever we are swept back to the 1960s ... Skill and insouciance


Written with piercing clarity and gentle humour, Absolutely And Forever is a study of the messiness of human relationships, the significance of secrets unspoken and the impact of the choices we make


An electrifying, word-perfect tale ... [A] gently devastating, devastatingly beautiful novel

Irish Daily Mail

This is not the kind of book you would expect from an 80-year-old dame, but Rose Tremain has always surprised and delighted her readers…a slim, funny, elegantly breezy coming-of-age story… [and] Tremain’s most personal novel yet

Sunday Times, *Books of the Year*

[An] inspiring and important book

Daily Mail, *Books of the Year*

A brilliant evocation of growing up in the 1960s, which will ring true for those of us who lived through the period… Highly recommended