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I agree with… Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain “In a sense, writers live their lives twice over. We live in a day-to-day life, but our minds are always turning over the possibility of the transmutation of that life into something else. If, for some reason, I couldn’t be a writer any more, my life would seem rather thin to me, sort of without substance.” [Rose Tremain from ‘A Life in the Day’ in ‘The Sunday Times Magazine’ October 19, 2014] I understand this exactly. I live with my fictional characters, the situations I place them in, considering what might happen to them and wondering how they might react. Quite often the most lucid time for ideas, for me, is on waking, and drifting off to sleep, times when I shouldn’t be ‘thinking about work’. But writing is not work, it’s what I do and who I am. I cannot imagine not writing in some form or another My favourite Tremain book? The Colour, soon to be made into a film. Click here to read a review of The Colour in The Independent when it was first published in 2003. To see what I thought of The Colour, click here. For news about the film of The
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If books were food, ‘The Colour’ would be…

…an honest lunch of vintage cheddar, crusty bread and a pickled onion prepared by Harriet Blackstone from The Colour by Rose Tremain. I like strong heroines and Harriet is certainly is one, living through the New Zealand Gold Rush in the 1860s. Making a life in a strange, inhospitable land, Harriet, with her husband Joseph and her mother-in law, do not start afresh as intended but bring with them from England their old emotional baggage. The discovery of gold, ‘the colour,’ impacts on their basic lifestyle and the dynamics of their relationships in a way that none could forsee. Harriet’s mental and physical strength make her a heroine to read and re-read. She is like a traditional Somerset Cheddar: creamy, tangy, fulfilling, a salty edge to cut the creaminess. ‘The Colour’ by Rose Tremain [UK: Vintage] And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: Imagine, if books were food: THE COLOUR by Rose Tremain #books via @SandraDanby
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