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The bestselling and much-loved classic from Orange Prize-winning Rose Tremain, Restoration introduces us to the young Robert Merivel and his rise and fall through glittering seventeenth-century society. Shortlisted for the Booker prize it has been described as 'triumphant' ( Sunday Telegraph ) and 'dazzling' ( New York Review of Books ).

When a twist of fate delivers an ambitious young medical student to the court of King Charles II, he is suddenly thrust into a vibrant world of luxury and opulence. Blessed with a quick wit and sparkling charm, Robert Merivel rises quickly, soon finding favour with the King, and privileged with a position as 'paper groom' to the youngest of the King's mistresses. But by falling in love with her, Merivel transgresses the one rule that will cast him out from his new-found paradisea
Publisher: London :, Vintage Books,, 1990
Copyright Date: ©1989
ISBN: 9780099598428
Branch Call Number: F TRE
Characteristics: 412 pages ; 20 cm


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Aug 10, 2017

Wonderful writing. Amusing, entertaining, educative.

cathalogue Feb 19, 2017

A very accessible look at a part of English history from a great writer - London in the 1600's through the eyes of Robert Merivel, a patchy character who falls in and out of favour with Charles 11. A great insight into the lives of commoners and royalty at the time, all living in and around the seething pot of London when the Great fire breaks out.

Dec 22, 2015

A fantastic study of the evolution and development of a vain and shallow man into a decent human being - with a few hiccups along the way. A lovely read.

Jul 10, 2010

I generally don't like books written in the first person, but this was the exception. Rose Tremain does an amazing job of making you care about an otherwise not very likable main character ... I could not put this book down!

Not surprising it was short listed for the Booker Prize in 1990.

Dec 19, 2008

This is a book, where even if you are a plot hound, you will cannot help but notice how wonderfully it is written.

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