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A Man of His Time

Rose Tremain (Author)

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Merivel is an unforgettable hero—soulful, funny, outrageous and achingly sad. His unmistakable, self-mocking voice speaks directly to us down the centuries.

From the Orange Prize–winning author Rose Tremain comes a brilliant and picaresque novel of seventeenth-century England. In the wake of the gaudy years of the Restoration, Robert Merivel, physician and courtier to Charles II, faces the agitations and anxieties of middle age. Questions crowd his mind: has he been a good father? Is he a fair master? Is he the King’s friend or the King’s slave? In search of answers, Merivel sets off for the French court of Versailles, where—inevitably—misadventures ensue.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • July 2014
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34893-4
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 384 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide excluding Canada and the British Commonwealth.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Hilarious and poignant…Fans of Restoration will not be disappointed.” — Daily Beast

“One of the great imaginative creations in English literature.” — Mick Brown, The Daily Telegraph

““Not just pleasurable, but varied, engrossing, and at times, astonishing.” — Richard Eder, Boston Globe

“It’s an absolute pleasure to…spend time in [Merivel’s] company.” — Booklist

“A richly painted setting enlivened by an intriguingly empathetic portrait of Charles II and an all-too-human hero—passionate, paradoxical, self-destructive, and infinitely sympathetic.” — Library Journal

“Richly marbled with intelligence, compassion and compelling characters, leavened with flourishes of lyricism and an attractive tolerance towards human frailties.” — Angus Clarke, Times (London)

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