By Rose Tremain
Longlisted for the guy Booker Prize; one of many Wall road Journal's most sensible books by way of girls in 2010. “Complex, suspenseful, and virtually hypnotically readable.”―Margot Livesey, Boston Sunday Globe
In a silent valley in southern France stands an remoted stone farmhouse, the Mas Lunel. Aramon, the landlord, is so haunted by way of his violent earlier that he is turn into incapable of all significant motion, letting his searching canines starve and his land visit smash. in the meantime, his sister Audrun, on my own in her glossy bungalow close by of the Mas Lunel, goals of exacting retribution for the unstated betrayals that experience blighted her lifestyles. Into this closed global comes Anthony Verey, a filthy rich yet disappointed antiques broker from London. while he units his points of interest at the Mas, a daunting and unstoppable sequence of results is determined in motion.
"Rose Tremain's writing is so solid, she makes us listen English anew," writes the San Francisco Chronicle. This strong and unsettling paintings finds one more size to Tremain's amazing mind's eye.
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He was like a spoilt prince in a small but opulent realm, courting invidia. At the height of his celebrity, he’d been able to lull himself to sleep by counting – one by delectable one – the people who envied him. . well, what had he seen? He’d seen how alone everything was. Not just the man who’d once been a prince, once been the Anthony Verey. . . even these were tragic in their separateness and solitude. All right, he knew this was a sentimental thought. Furniture couldn’t feel. But you could feel for it.
On Veronica’s face was an expression Kitty recognised immediately: chin lifted and set, brow furrowed, eyes blinking anxiously. It made her, in Kitty’s mind ‘pure Verey’, with all the cherished ‘Veronica’ part of her suddenly missing. Kitty rinsed her brush, kept staring at the sunlight on the fabulous mimosa tree. She knew that to Veronica’s family she was no one, just ‘that friend of V’s, that little watercolour woman’. She had to fight not to fade back into invisibility. ’ Veronica snatched a cigarette out of the pocket of her gardening apron and lit it.
What awaited them? What awaited? Anthony was seated at his desk now, on a hard Windsor chair, but with his still-narrow arse carefully placed on a green silk cushion. This cushion, bought at Peter Jones, was moulded so perfectly to the shape of his bottom that he seldom dared to plump it up or shake the dust from it. Nobody else came into the shop. Outside, the day was lightless. Anthony took down his accounts ledger, put on his glasses and began staring at columns of figures. The ledger was old and thick and worn and was one of seven that contained all he had of a written history: every purchase, every sale, every tax payment, every expense.
Trespass: A Novel by Rose Tremain