Rose Tremain is one of the country’s most celebrated and cherished authors. Over more than 40 years, she has published 14 novels, five short story collections and a memoir. In 1983 she was chosen, alongside Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie and Julian Barnes, as one of Granta magazine’s best young British novelists and since then her career has gone from strength to strength. She has won multiple awards, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and last year wore Chanel as she was given a damehood by the Queen for her services to writing.
Now 78, she still writes every day, shutting herself away in a peaceful book-lined study in the light and airy Georgian house in Norwich that she shares with