Rose Tremain Biography

Rose Tremain (born August 2, 1943) is an award-winning English author.


Rose Tremain was born Rosemary Jane Thomson on August 2, 1943 in London and attended Francis Holland School then Crofton Grange School from 1954 to 1961; the Sorbonne from 1961–1962; and graduated from the University of East Anglia in 1965, where she taught creative writing from 1988 to 1995.

She married Jon Tremain in 1971 and they had one daughter, Eleanor, born in 1972, who became an actress. The marriage lasted about five years. Her second marriage, to theatre director Jonathan Dudley, in 1982, lasted about nine years; and she has been with Richard Holmes since 1992. She lives in Norfolk.


Her influences include William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's 1967 novel, 100 Years of Solitude and the magical realism style.

She is an historical novelist who approaches her subjects "from unexpected angles, concentrating her attention on unglamorous outsiders."

In 2009, she donated the short story The Jester of Astapovo to Oxfam's 'Ox-Tales' project, four collections of UK stories written by 38 authors. Her story was published in the 'Earth' collection.