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

The Road Home


Rose Tremain's hugely enjoyable new novel is the up-to-the-minute story of Lev, newly arrived in London from Eastern Europe. A wise and witty look at the contemporary migrant experience.

'On the coach, Lev chose a seat near the back and he sat huddled against the window, staring out at the land he was leaving ...'

Lev is on his way to Britain to seek work, so that he can send money back to Eastern Europe to support his mother and little daughter.

Readers will become totally involved with his story, as he struggles with the mysterious rituals of 'Englishness', and the fashions and fads of the London scene. We see the road Lev travels through Lev's eyes, and we share his dilemmas: the intimacy of his friendships, old and new; his joys and sufferings; his aspirations and his hopes of finding his way home, wherever home may be.

  • 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

Thematically rich...As always, her writing has a delicious, crunchy precision


A classic work by the gifted Tremain


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


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