The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

The Gustav Sonata is the new novel by UEA alumna and current Chancellor of the university, Rose Tremain, and is published by Chatto & Windus this week. Rose graduated from UEA with a BA in English in 1967. During her degree she was taught by Angus Wilson and Malcolm Bradbury, and later returned to the university to teach alongside Bradbury on the Creative Writing MA. Her first novel, Sadler’s Birthday, was published in 1976 and among her many other acclaimed novels and short story collections are Sacred Country (1992), which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Fémina Etranger, Music and Silence (1999), which won the Whitbread Novel Award, The Colour (2004), which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and The Road Home, which won the 2008 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. Her last novel Merivel: A Man Of His Time was published in 2012 and shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction shortlist. In 2014 she published a collection of short stories,The American Lover, which was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. She was awarded an honorary doctorate by UEA in 2000 and was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2007.

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