Rose Tremain's Top Picks

Per Hay Festival

Per Hay Festival

Rose Tremain is an award-winning novelist, short story writer and former Chancellor of the University of East Anglia. Her novel Restoration was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, while Music & Silence won the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award. Her recent book Lily was named one of The Times' Books of the Year. Here are her recommended reads from the Hay Festival 2022 programme...聽

Monica Jones, Philip Larkin and Me: Her Life and Long Loves

John Sutherland

10,99 鈧 10,44 鈧

I鈥檓 still awed and moved by the poetry of Philip Larkin, in particular the poems鈥 reliable ability to land, like beautiful weightless planes. But his misogynistic life was bizarre and troubling and poor Monica Jones, lover and muse, was at the heart of this trouble. Sutherland nails the story in exemplary fashion.

Regenesis: Feeding the World without Devouring the Planet

George Monbiot

20,00 鈧 19,00 鈧

Come on everybody, read this book! Monbiot is one of the true crusaders of a hapless age and reminds us in timely fashion of the things we should do and are doing, but are not doing urgently enough.

Mad about Shakespeare: From Classroom to Theatre to Emergency Room

Jonathan Bate

25,00 鈧 23,75 鈧

Lest we forget鈥.Shakespeare鈥檚 words are forever beautiful and forever relevant to the human condition, no matter what age we live in or where, in the seven ages of man we happen to be standing.

The Plimsoll Sensation: The Great Campaign to Save Lives at Sea

Nicolette Jones

12,99 鈧 12,34 鈧

A grand, well researched telling of the story of Dr Samuel Plimsoll, an engineer of the high Victorian era, who fought the unscrupulous ship-owners overloading their cargos and bringing about countless tragedies at sea. I used to think a plimsoll was a kind of tennis shoe, but now, thanks to Nicolette Jones, I know it鈥檚 a life-saving mark on a ship鈥檚 hull.


Damon Galgut

9,99 鈧 9,49 鈧

I adored this piercing story of white South Africa鈥檚 broken promises. Galgut is an unfussy stylist who has understood how an individual story can cast light on the thinking of a whole society. And don鈥檛 you love it when a character in a novel is just called 鈥楳a鈥? You know from this alone how significant she鈥檚 going to be.

Elizabeth Finch: From the Booker Prize-winning author of THE SENSE OF AN ENDING

Julian Barnes

16,99 鈧 16,14 鈧

Back comes the maestro of quiet and quirky brilliance in this novel about a charismatic teacher and her researches into Julian the Apostate, the man who might have saved the world from Christianity 鈥 and thus from countless wars. Barnes in delicate, sweet-stepping form.

Appetite: A Memoir in Recipes of Family and Food

Ed Balls

8,99 鈧 8,54 鈧

Once sneered at as an over-boisterous and nagging Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls discovered his lovability gene through his amusing appearance on Strictly. Now, I think we will still love him when he tells us his emotional and culinary secrets.