Islands of Mercy is the new novel by UEA alumna Rose Tremain and is published by Chatto & Windus this week. Rose graduated from UEA with a BA in English in 1967 and later returned to the university to teach on the Creative Writing MA and, more recently, to become the University’s first female Chancellor. She was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2007. Among her many acclaimed novels are Music and Silence (1999), which won the Whitbread Novel Award, and The Road Home, which won the 2008 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. Her previous novel The Gustav Sonata was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize, the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Her memoir Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life was published last year.