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  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409078647
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480

The Road Home

From the Sunday Times bestselling author

Now reissued with a stunning new jacket look, The Road Home is a wise and witty look at the contemporary migrant experience.

'Rose Tremain does not disappoint. As always her writing has a delicious, crunchy precision.' Observer

A wise and witty look at the contemporary migrant experience.

Lev is on his way from Eastern Europe to Britain, seeking work. Behind him loom the figures of his dead wife, his beloved young daughter and his outrageous friend Rudi who - dreaming of the wealthy West - lives largely for his battered Chevrolet. Ahead of Lev lies the deep strangeness of the British: their hostile streets, their clannish pubs, their obsession with celebrity. London holds out the alluring possibility of friendship, sex, money and a new career and, if Lev is lucky, a new sense of belonging...

'A novel of urgent humanity' Sunday Telegraph

  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409078647
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480

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 The Road Home

'Tremain is a magnificent story-teller'

Independent on sunday

...bravely imaginative, deeply moving, surprising, invigorating and satisfying


Luminous talent for the fusion of the extraordinary and the commonplace

Sunday Telegraph

I can't think of a better sentence-to-sentence writer of fiction

Irish Times

Vivid, original and always engaging

The Times

This is a humane and moving account of the migrant experience in contemporary London, full of understanding and compassion about the difficulties of alienation and belonging

Mail on Sunday

Here, as in her best work, Tremain achieves a remarkable synthesis of fully realised character and the systematic observation of a world.The Road Home is a subtle and challenging account of a story we think we know already and of a person we all too often reduce to nothing more than a political issue or a statistic.

Lavinia Greenlaw, Financial Times

Rose Tremain is a novelist of style, ambition and lyrical sensibility...This is a generous, sweet-tempered book

Sunday Times

A magnificent achievement from a writer at the height of her very considerable powers

Daily Mail

Rose Tremain is an old-fashioned writer, in the best of ways: we care about her characters' sorrows and hope for their happiness

Daily Telegraph

A classic work by the gifted Tremain


Tremain allows us to see our country's wonders and failings as if for the first time


A novel of urgent humanity

Sunday Telegraph

Rose Tremain does not disappoint. The Road Home is thematically rich, dealing with loss and separation, mourning and melancholia... As always her writing has a delicious, crunchy precision


Filled with emotional richness, complex sensibility and a passionate insistence on the humanity of the poor

Sunday Times

A strikingly alert and humane profile of migrant labour... wild and beautiful and full of woe

Sunday Herald

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