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2008 Women's Prize for Fiction Winner

The Road Home by Rose Tremain


Publisher: Vintage

Length: 365 pages

About: Polish migrant's view of England

Style: 3rd person

Where: England (London & Lincolnshire) & Poland

When: 2007






Publisher’s synopsis:

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. This book shows readers the struggles that he faces with the rituals of 'Englishness', and the fashions and fads of the London scene.





Lydia paused in her knitting. She held the 'jumper' up to her chest, to see how much further she had to go before casting off for the shoulder seam. She said: 'Now I'm interested in that journey. Did you reach your home?'

'Yes,' said Lev. 'By dawn we were there. We were pretty tired. Well, we were very tired. And the gas tank was almost empty. That car's so greedy it's going to bankrupt Rudi.'

Lydia smiled and shook her head. 'And the door?' she asked.

'Did you mend it?'

'Oh, sure.' said Lev. 'We soldered on new hinges from a baby's pram. It's fine. Except the driver's door opens violently now.'





At once timeless and bitingly contemporary, this novel explores the life now lived by millions when one's hope lies in one country and one's heart in another.

New Yorker 2008




Not so good:

A contrived but still satisfying ending marks this adroit émigré's look at London.

Publishers Weekly August 2008





About the author

Born in London in 1943,she lives in North London and Norwich, with the biographer Richard Holmes. She was educated at Francis Holland School, Crofton Grange School, the Sorbonne (1961-1962) and the University of East Anglia (BA, English Literature). She later went on to teach creative writing at the University of East Anglia from 1988 to 1995, and was appointed Chancellor in 2013.



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