You are here



Robert Merivel abandons his medical studies to revel in gluttony, indolence and buffoonery at the Court of King Charles II. Finding favour with the King, he serves as ‘paper groom’ to the youngest royal mistress in exchange for an estate and knighthood. But by falling in love with her himself he violates the rules and is banished from Court. Merivel’s enforced purgatory leads to work in a Quaker Bedlam and a yet more painful fall from grace before he can achieve spiritual and social restoration.


About the Author

Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain’s most recent book, The Road Home, won the Orange Prize in 2008. Her novels have been published in 27 countries and have won many prizes, including the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; Restoration was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and was made into a film (1995) and a stage play (2009).

The Colour and Music & Silence, are currently in development as films, and the bestselling The Road Home is being adapted for television.

Rose Tremain lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer, Richard Holmes.