Rosie by Rose Tremain - reading group guide

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Rose Tremain’s memoir Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life is a lyrical and moving account of Tremain’s childhood and the experiences which made the bestselling, award-winning writer. To celebrate paperback publication, VINTAGE have produced a reading group guide for all to use.

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Rose Tremain (or Rosie as she was then) grew up in post-war London – a city still partly in ruins, where both food and affection were fiercely rationed.

But when she is ten years old, everything changes. She loses her father, her house, her school, her friends and is dispatched to a freezing boarding-school in Hertfordshire. Slowly though, the teenage Rosie escapes from the cold world of the Fifties, into a place of inspiration and friendship, where a young writer is suddenly ready to be born.

‘Alert and open and alive’ – Spectator

‘A beautifully written ode to the tenacity of our younger selves’ – Stylist


Suggestions for National Poetry Day 2019

National Poetry Day generates an explosion of activity nationwide, thousands of amazing events across the UK – in schools, libraries, bookshops and hospitals, on buses, trains and boats – all celebrating poetry’s power to bring people together. 2019 is the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Day – expect the celebrations to run all year long.

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