Rose Tremain | Lily – Online

Fri 27 May - Mon 6 Jun 2022

Rose Tremain
Rose Tremain
Alex Clark
Rose Tremain, Lily

This event was recorded at our Spring Festival in April

Fêted novelist Rose Tremain shares her gripping Victorian melodrama 

Making a welcome return to the festival, Rose Tremain is one of our most enduringly brilliant novelists. Her latest book, Lily, is a gripping Victorian melodrama about an orphan girl and a vengeful murder.  Abandoned at the gates of a London Park one winter’s night in 1850, baby Lily Mortimer is saved by a young police constable and taken to the London Foundling Hospital. Fostered by an affectionate farming family in rural Suffolk, Lily enjoys a brief childhood idyll before she is returned to the Hospital, where she is punished for her rebellious spirit. Join Rose to discuss her thrilling tale of revenge, to rival if not surpass Willkie Collins.

Rose Tremain in conversation with critic Alex Clark.  


Venue: Online

Duration: 1hr

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Rose Tremain, Lily

Lily by Rose Tremain

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Author biography 

Rose Tremain’s novels and short stories have been published in thirty countries and have won many awards, including the Orange Prize (The Road Home), the Dylan Thomas Award (The Colonel’s Daughter and Other Stories), the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music & Silence), the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Sacred Country) and the South Bank Sky Arts Award (The Gustav Sonata). Her most recent novel is Islands of Mercy. Rose Tremain was made a CBE in 2007 and a Dame in 2020. She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer, Richard Holmes.  


Alex Clark is a journalist and broadcaster regularly seen in the pages of the Guardian,  Observer and Times Literary Supplement and heard on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and Open Book. She co-hosts the Graham Norton Book Club podcast and is a former Man Booker and Orwell Prize judge.

Alex was also appointed as the first female Editor of Granta magazine in May 2008. She was a member of the panel of judges for Granta‘s Best of Young British Novelists 2003, the 2008 Man Booker Prize, the Encore Award for best second novel and is on the advisory committee of the Folio Prize.