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From Orange Prize-winning Rose Tremain, The Colour is a gripping drama of sacrifice and greed set during the mid-nineteenth-century gold rush in New Zealand.

From the author of The Gustav Sonata

Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from Norfolk to New Zealand in search of new beginnings and prosperity. But the harsh land near Christchurch threatens to destroy them almost before they begin. When Joseph finds gold in the creek he is seized by a rapturous obsession with the voluptuous riches awaiting him deep in the earth. Abandoning his farm and family, he sets off alone for the new gold-fields over the Southern Alps, a moral wilderness where many others, under the seductive dreams of 'the colour', are violently rushing to their destinies.

By turns both moving and terrifying, The Colour is about a quest for the impossible, an attempt to mine the complexities of love and explore the sacrifices to be made in the pursuit of happiness.

Over a million Rose Tremain books sold

‘A writer of exceptional talent ... Tremain is a writer who understands every emotion’ Independent I

‘There are few writers out there with the dexterity or emotional intelligence to rival that of the great Rose Tremain’ Irish Times

‘Tremain has the painterly genius of an Old Master, and she uses it to stunning effect’ The Times

‘Rose Tremain is one of the very finest British novelists’ Salman Rushdie

‘Tremain is a writer of exemplary vision and particularity. The fictional world is rendered with extraordinary vividness’ Marcel Theroux, Guardian


Tremain is a magnificent storyteller with an enormous story to tell

Independent on Sunday

This is a writer whose breadth of imagination and supple prose transcend the genre: she is one of the finest writers in England

Daily Telegraph

Tremain has produced her own wondrous piece of gold


A fabulous work, bravely imaginative, deeply moving, surprising, invigorating and satisfying


This is a beautifully crafted book - at once a gripping adventure story and a compelling portrayal of human emotion at its bravest and its most vulnerable


The Colour is the produce of a large and generous talent, generous in its giving of enjoyment

Financial Times

An engrossing novel, an adventure story with a sensitive side


The Colour is a measured book, a diligent, painstaking book

Sunday Telegraph

She is a magical storyteller - it is as an artist that she excels

New Statesman

Brilliantly detailed and textured

Daily Mail

Tremain is the finest of historical fiction writers


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Formats & editions

Also by Rose Tremain

Restoration (Vintage Past)
The Gustav Sonata
The American Lover
Evangelista's Fan (Storycuts)
How It Stacks Up (Storycuts)
The Darkness of Wallis Simpson (Storycuts)
Peerless (Storycuts)
The Road Home
The Darkness Of Wallis Simpson
The Swimming Pool Season
The Garden Of The Villa Mollini
Sacred Country
Music & Silence
The Cupboard
Sadler's Birthday
The Colonel's Daughter
Letter To Sister Benedicta
Evangelista's Fan
The Way I Found Her


The Tea Gardens
The Award
An Uncommon Woman
Tulip Fever
Beauty in Thorns
The Drover's Wife
Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition
Life After Life
Suite Francaise
For the Winner
The Shogun's Queen
Saviour of Rome
A Country Road, A Tree
The Cauliflower®
Sudden Death
The Strawberry Girl