Nobody knows yet that she is a murderer...
Abandoned at the gates of a London park one winter's night in 1850, baby Lily Mortimer is saved by a young police constable and taken to the London Foundling Hospital. Lily is fostered by an affectionate farming family in rural Suffolk, enjoying a brief childhood idyll before she is returned to the Hospital, where she is punished for her rebellious spirit. Released into the harsh world of Victorian London, Lily becomes a favoured employee at Belle Prettywood's Wig Emporium, but all the while she is hiding a dreadful secret...
Across the years, policeman Sam Trench keeps watch over the young woman he once saved. When Sam meets Lily again, there is an instant attraction between them and Lily is convinced that Sam holds the key to her happiness - but might he also be the one to uncover her crime and so condemn her to death?
Praise for Rose Tremain:
'One of my favourite writers' Nina Stibbe
'Tremain is one of the best novelists writing today' Sara Collins
'Pulsatingly alive . . . no one can break your heart quite like this' Neel Mukherjee
Readers love LILY
'A stunning story of love, betrayal and true grit' Susan H.
'Lily is vivid and alive... historical fiction at its best' Sheila R.
'One of the most breathtakingly captivating and exquisitely spun pieces of storytelling I've read in a long time' Caroline K.
Enthralling... Tremain evokes Victorian London with visceral intensity in a gripping and deeply humane novel exploring themes of rejection, poverty, guilt and redemption
It's more than gratifying to open [Tremain's] new novel, Lily, and immediately see that she is still writing at full throttle... This is the literary equivalent of all your favourite Christmas telly programmes rolled into one... Lily's story is a winter's tale: a cosy pageturner that will whisk you away from the 21st century while engaging and sharpening your mind.
Lily, in addition to its pellucid prose, is shamelessly gripping
No writer can inhabit the skin of a historical period and bring it so pulsatingly alive as Rose Tremain. No one can break your heart quite like this. In this compassionate, generous, soaringly beautiful book, Tremain is at the top of her game. Read and be transported
Another memorable and engrossing read from Tremain, which brings Victorian London, and especially courageous Lily, to life on the page
The activist Peter Tatchell on Rose Tremain’s Sacred Country, a groundbreaking novel about a young country girl called Mary who becomes a man named Martin
Read an extract from the masterful new novel by Rose Tremain, which traces a friendship across a lifetime
A wide-ranging and provocative discussion with Rebecca Asher and Juno Dawson is accompanied by interviews with David Szalay and Rose Tremain as we look at how novels and non-fiction are examining the modern male.