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Trespass [Kindle Edition]

Rose Tremain
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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"Trespass is one of those infinitely clever novels that pleases, perplexes and plays with the reader" (Savidge Reads)

"Taut ...full of suspense...bewitching" (Ruth Scurr Observer)

"THRILLING...a terrific book, accomplished in its poised, imaginative storytelling and its vivid, sensual rendering of landscape and character, emotion and memory" (The Times)

"An intelligent and terrifyingly plausible meditation" (Sunday Telegraph)

"A sumptuously shaded portrait of a private, lonely place and its stranded people" (Independent)

Book Description

Set among the hills and gorges of southern France, Trespass is a thrilling novel about disputed territory, sibling love and devastating revenge, by the bestselling author of The Road Home, winner of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 440 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0393340600
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (4 Mar 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099478455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099478454
  • ASIN: B0038AUYFK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,967 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rose Tremain's novels have won many prizes including: the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music and Silence); the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger (Sacred Country); the Sunday Express Book of the Year, the Angel Literary Award and shortlisted for the Booker Prize (Restoration) and a Giles Cooper Award (for her radio play, Temporary Shelter). Her novel The Colour, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and selected for the Daily Mail Reading Club promotion. In June 2007 Rose was made a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many horrors 5 Oct 2011
By Hazel
I have been so disappointed with this, her 11th Novel. I can't help feeling that RT intended this book to be so much more than this when she sketched out her characters. Characters that could have been so well portrayed had their lives and pasts sidelined quickly for the rather boring subject of the search for Anthony,a very ugly,seedy character. This was then followed by the murder, which was too far fetched and unlikely.

I am sure that RT initially intended to portray something worthy. Maybe the nature of relationships between siblings, their experiences in childhood and how this shaped and affected their future but this was sadly lost in grisly murder and incest. Frankly I didn't care for the story line at all and certainly only finished the book as it was for our Book Club. I'll be interested to hear what the group have to say about it.
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151 of 164 people found the following review helpful
By Ripple
A tale of siblings, territory and revenge set in the South of France, this is a dark tale and the reader is kept in suspense about the nature of the tragic events until late in the book. It's also about people's relationship to the land and outsiders trespassing on this and on each other's lives.

Set in the hills of Southern France, Trespass is a novel about sibling love and rivalry, disputed territory and ultimately revenge. In the French corner are Aramon Lunel, resident of the Mas Lunel, and his sister Audrun who lives in a cottage in the grounds. In the English corner are Veronica Verey, a garden designer, and her partner, an untalented watercolourist, Kitty. The catalyst that brings these together is the arrival in France of Anthony Verey, Veronica's brother whose exclusive antiques business in London is failing and who decides to follow his sister in finding a new life in France. Aramon is tempted to sell his family Mas by the lure of `foreign' money even if that means that his sister's house has to be destroyed to secure the deal.

Multi-award winning Rose Tremain is a fascinating novelist because each of her books is very different. If anything ties them together it is the approach of from unexpected angles and a focus on unglamorous outsiders. Trespass is no exception - it's full of outsiders and they are always not easy to love. In fact, apart from the poor little school girl, Mélodie, who is left screaming at a gruesome discovery at the end of the first chapter (which we don't find out about for another 200 pages), it's difficult to feel much empathy of affection for any of the cast of characters.

Of course in real life, the obvious course for an antiques dealer in need of cash would be to turn up on day time TV selling tat in various auction rooms.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful book 15 Jun 2011
'A life is a life,' says the protagonist towards the end of this book. You play the hand life deals you. Rose Tremain is one of the best English novelists writing today, and this is a wonderful book. She follows the lives of a French and an English family, neither of which is any great recommendation for family life, and brings them together with great accomplishment. I don't expect to read many better books than this one this year.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 1 Sep 2011
By D miles
This is the first book by Rose Tremain that I have read and it won't be my last.
Unlike some other reviewers, I was hooked from the beginning and couldn't leave the book alone until I had read it all.
The story gently built up, until it was inevitable that something untoward would happen. I must admit that during the last quarter of the book, I had an idea of what the outcome might be, but the writing was so compelling that I had to read on. I'm glad I did.
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100 of 114 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Trespass 4 Aug 2010
By TomCat
Another long review here. Sorry, this becoming a bad habit of mine...

'Trespass' is set in the Cévennes, southern France. The novel consists of two narrative threads which meet, cross, double-cross and become increasingly inter-twined as the story progresses. Firstly we meet Anthony Verey, a one-time famous, English antique dealer; he is sixty-four, miserable and addicted to rent boys. Anthony's antique business has been on the verge of collapse since the onset of the current economic recession, and the novel opens with him leaving his lavish Chelsea home and travelling to France, to live with his sister while he searches for his ideal country mansion in which to live out his retirement.

The second story-arc concerns Audrun and Aramon Lunel; French siblings, also in their sixties. Audrun was raped throughout her life by her father and brother, but emerged from the experience an independent and opinionated - if a tad clichéd - `survivor'. Aramon, by comparison, has suffered a dramatic fall-from-grace since youth, and is now a violent alcoholic. The siblings are engaged in a life-long bitter rivalry over land, inheritance and the sale of the giant family home, the Mas Lunel. No prizes will be given for guessing how the lives of Anthony and the Lunel siblings collide...

So far, so promising. The three central characters couldn't be more contrasting, each with their own selfishly demanding goals. Supplicating the conflict between these three protagonists are their back-stories - three turbulent narratives of past tragedies which, unfortunately, aren't given the focus they deserve.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prose and story telling made you feel as if you were there.
Complicated - three stories all interesting and all coming nicely together at the end.
Published 23 days ago by Kathleen Mason
1.0 out of 5 stars I didn't enjoy it very much
Was a book chosen by book club member to read, I didn't enjoy it very much ,I felt that some of the sexual references and descriptions were not needed, strange book one I felt... Read more
Published 1 month ago by wendy Mc
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Thoroughly enjoyable read.
Published 1 month ago by Brenda Wyatt
3.0 out of 5 stars More pass than fail, just.
I was not sure what this book was written for as I put it down. A psychological thriller (with a "twist" so glaringly obvious as to undermine itself), a romantic family... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dillon the Villain
4.0 out of 5 stars Trespass
In some parts of France, life goes on as it always has; and most of the residents hope that it always will. Read more
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Published 4 months ago by D A WAGSTAFF
3.0 out of 5 stars I found it took a while to get into, ...
I found it took a while to get into, but then I was fascinated by Audrun's story and how she was going to get her revenge on her father and brother for the nightmare they had made... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Janet Ross Wallington
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
Rose Tremain has an uncanny knack for making characters, even those who should be unlikeable, utterly compelling. Read more
Published 8 months ago by CL Needham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Rose Tremain never fails to please and this was no exception. I thoroughly recommend this title and for first time readers I'm sure it will not be last of her novels you read.
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