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Vintage Past: Inventive tales of times gone by to tell the histories we think we know

When a twist of fate delivers an ambitious young medical student to the court of King Charles II, he is suddenly thrust into a vibrant world of luxury and opulence. Blessed with a quick wit and sparkling charm, Robert Merivel rises quickly, soon finding favour with the King, and privileged with a position as ‘paper groom’ to the youngest of the King’s mistresses. But by falling in love with her, Merivel transgresses the one rule that will cast him out from his new-found paradise…

Reviews

Triumphant

Sunday Telegraph

To be moved and impressed by a novel and yet so entertained, is rare

Fay Weldon

A dazzling triumph… It is nothing less than superb

New York Times Book Review

A most beautiful and original novel

Independent

Gripping

Herald

Witty, exciting and evocative. Restoration is a wonderful book

Simon Williams, The Week

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784871383

    November 28, 2016

    Vintage Classics

    416 pages

    RRP $14.99

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Also by Rose Tremain

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The American Lover
Merivel
Evangelista's Fan (Storycuts)
How It Stacks Up (Storycuts)
The Darkness of Wallis Simpson (Storycuts)
Peerless (Storycuts)
Trespass
Restoration
The Road Home
The Darkness Of Wallis Simpson
The Swimming Pool Season
The Garden Of The Villa Mollini
The Colour
Sacred Country
Music & Silence
Evangelista's Fan
Sadler's Birthday
The Colonel's Daughter
Letter To Sister Benedicta
The Cupboard
The Way I Found Her

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Best Laid Plans
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The Light Between Oceans
Congo Dawn
The Handmaid's Tale
Anything Is Possible
Dunstan
Outlander
Men Without Women
The Good Mother
The French Perfumer
The Mistress
The Course Of Love
Seven Types of Ambiguity