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Adult Book of the Month
by Rose Tremain
Trespass opens with a horrific discovery in the Southern French countryside by a ten year old girl who has recently moved from Paris – an outsider. The story’s characters are all outsiders – either in physical places or in relationships – whose worlds collide around an isolated stone farmhouse in the hills of the Cévennes.
Anthony Verey is a once-renowned antiques dealer from Chelsea whose business is failing and whose life has lost all meaning. He decides to move to France to join his beloved sister Veronica – the only person, since his mother’s death, for whom her feels anything like true affection.
Siblings Aramon and Audrun Lunel do not enjoy such a close relationship. Aramon is determined to sell the family home, Mas Lunel, to the highest bidder even if it means demolishing the humble bungalow which he has allowed his sister to build beside it. Audrun, who suffers from ‘episodes’, dreams of exacting retribution from Aramon for the unspoken betrayals that have blighted her life since the death of her adored mother.
Anthony‘s immediate attraction to the crumbling Mas Lunel sets in motion a frightening and unstoppable series of consequences which can result in redemption for only some of the characters.
Trespass is a thrilling novel about disputed territory, sibling love and devastating revenge.
‘One of the most versatile novelists. The scene-setting opening is languorous and beautiful, a disturbing tale and one rich in detail’ Daily Express
‘Taut, full of suspense, the sense of "wild nature", that she captures so bewitchingly ... this is a dark book' The Observer
‘The darkness of the plot is lightened by touches of social comedy and Tremain’s descriptions of the French countryside in the summer heat are superb.’ The Examiner
Rose Tremain was born in London. She has a holiday home in the South of France. Her books have been translated into numerous languages and 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 and the 2008 Orange Prize.
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