Lev is on his way from Eastern Europe to Britain, seeking work. Behind him loom the figures of his dead wife, his beloved young daugher 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...
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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 - Observer
Filled with emotional richness, complex sensibility and a passionate insistence on the humanity of the poor - Sunday Times
A classic work by the gifted Tremain - Guardian
'Tremain is a magnificent story-teller' - Independent on sunday
...bravely imaginative, deeply moving, surprising, invigorating and satisfying - Independent
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
A strikingly alert and humane profile of migrant labour... wild and beautiful and full of woe - Sunday Herald
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.TheRoad 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. - 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
Tremain allows us to see our country's wonders and failings as if for the first time - Glamour
Rose Tremain lives in North London and Norwich, with the biographer Richard Holmes.
Her books have won many prizes including the Whitbread Novel of the Year, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Prix Femina Etranger, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Angel Literary Award and the Sunday Express Book of the Year. Restoration was shortlisted for the Booker and made into a film; The Colour was shortlisted for the Orange and selected by the Daily Mail Reading Club. Her most recent collection, The Darkness of Wallis Simpson, was shortlisted for both the First National Short story Award and the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Two of her books (The Colour and The Way I Found Her) are in development as films, and she is currently working on a TV screenplay to star Sir Ian McKellen.