Author(s): Rose Tremain
From the author of The Gustav SonataJoseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from Norfolk to New Zealand in search of new beginnings and prosperity. But the harsh land near Christchurch threatens to destroy them almost before they begin. When Joseph finds gold in the creek he is seized by a rapturous obsession with the voluptuous riches awaiting him deep in the earth. Abandoning his farm and family, he sets off alone for the new gold-fields over the Southern Alps, a moral wilderness where many others, under the seductive dreams of 'the colour', are violently rushing to their destinies. By turns both moving and terrifying, The Colour is about a quest for the impossible, an attempt to mine the complexities of love and explore the sacrifices to be made in the pursuit of happiness.Over a million Rose Tremain books sold'A writer of exceptional talent ... Tremain is a writer who understands every emotion? Independent I'There are few writers out there with the dexterity or emotional intelligence to rival that of the great Rose Tremain? Irish Times'Tremain has the painterly genius of an Old Master, and she uses it to stunning effect? The Times'Rose Tremain is one of the very finest British novelists? Salman Rushdie'Tremain is a writer of exemplary vision and particularity. The fictional world is rendered with extraordinary vividness? Marcel Theroux, Guardian
From Orange Prize-winning Rose Tremain, The Colour is a gripping drama of sacrifice and greed set during the mid-nineteenth-century gold rush in New Zealand.
Rose Tremain's bestselling novels have won many awards, including the Orange Prize (The Road Home), the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music and Silence), the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger (Sacred Country).Restoration was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in1989 and made into a film in 1995.Her short story, 'Moth', was also filmed (as the award-winning Ricky) by Francois Ozon in 2009. Her most recent novel, Trespass, was a Richard and Judy Bookclub Choice. Rose Tremain was made a CBE in 2007.She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer, Richard Holmes.