Rose Tremain was born in London in 1943 and was educated at the Sorbonne and the University of East Anglia. Her first book was a history of the Women’s Suffrage Movement entitled Freedom for Women published in 1971. In 1983, she was named one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. Her novels include Sacred Country, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Fémina Etranger, Music and Silence, winner of the Whitbread Novel Award and The Road Home, shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and winner of the 2008 Orange Prize for Fiction, and Trespass. Tremain has also written extensively for radio and stage. She was awarded a CBE in 2007.