Merivel: A Man of His Time
The major new historical novel from Orange Prize-winning Rose Tremain, set in Restoration England and starring the world's favourite courtier, Robert Merivel
Trade Paperback$29.95 RRPISBN: 9780701185213Published: 03/09/2012Imprint: Chatto & WindusExtent: 352 pages
Hardback$49.95 RRPISBN: 9780701185206Published: 15/09/2012Imprint: Chatto & WindusExtent: 352 pages
EBookCHECK RETAILER PRICEISBN: 9781448138586Published: 06/09/2012Imprint: Vintage DigitalExtent: 352 pages
Paperback$19.95 RRPISBN: 9780099548430Published: 02/09/2013Imprint: VintageExtent: 352 pages
Get ready to laugh, prepare to weep -- Robert Merivel is back in Rose Tremain's magical sequel to Restoration.
Robert Merivel, courtier to Charles II is no longer a young man -- but off he goes to France in search of the Sun King and to Switzerland in pursuit of a handsome woman. Versailles -- all glitter in front and squalor behind -- is a fiasco: Merivel is forced to share an attic (and a chamber pot) with a Dutch clock-maker while attempting to sustain himself on peas and jam and water from the fountains. Switzerland, by contrast, is perhaps a little too comfortable. But the lady, a clever botanist, leads Merivel deliciously on -- until her jealous husband bursts in with duelling pistols...
As he narrates the picaresque journey, Merivel gets into all sorts of scrapes; he is torn between enjoying himself and making something of his life, through medicine and the study of science. He tries to be diligent, but constantly backslides into laugher and laziness. A big-hearted rogue who loves his daughter, his country house and the English King ... Merivel is Everyman -- and he speaks directly to us down the centuries.
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I think a lot of writers have difficulty answering this sort of question about their work because there are so many layers in most novels. For example, I’ve just finished reading the wonderful book by Rose Tremain, a writer whom I greatly admire, entitled Music and Silence. This is a historical novel set in the years 1629 to 1630 at the Danish court, and it is written from many different perspectives. ...
"Surely one of the most versatile novelists writing today" - Daily Express
"Vivid, original and always engaging" - The Times
"Rose Tremain writes comedy that can break your heart" - Literary Review
"It's both confronting and moving, and threaded with a heavy melancholy at all times. While the plot might sound like engaging Restoration romp, to dismiss it as such does a massive disservice to this wonderful book." - Jan Fisher, Northern Weekely, Melbourne
"Funny, tragic Merivel is almost impossible to resist, a lovably flower character who is both selfish and thoughtful, rakish and tender. You don't have to have read Restoration, as Tremain revisits the key points." - CH, Herald Sun, Melbourne
"This is an engaging book with a loveable, roguish main character, the perfect standalone novel, or a magnificent companion to Tremain's Man Booker shortlisted Restoration. A wonderful piece of storytelling." - Eilidh Gilritchie, Sunday Mail, Brisbane