Restoration

Restoration

From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Lily

Summary

Discover this bestselling classic from the author of The Gustav Sonata, charting Robert Merivel’s rise and fall through glittering seventeenth-century society.


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…

‘A most beautiful and original novel’ Independent

‘Triumphant’ Sunday Telegraph


‘Dazzling’ New York Review of Books


*Rose Tremain has sold over ONE MILLION books. Enter her vivid historical world*

Reviews

  • For a vivid – and funny – fictional re-creation of the era, Tremain’s Restoration is hard to beat.
    Robbie Millen, The Times

About the author

Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain's novels and short stories have been published in thirty countries and have won many awards, including the Orange Prize (The Road Home), the Dylan Thomas Award (The Colonel's Daughter and Other Stories), the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music & Silence) and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Sacred Country) and the South Bank Sky Arts Award (The Gustav Sonata). Her most recent novel is Islands of Mercy. Rose Tremain was made a CBE in 2007 and a Dame in 2020. She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer, Richard Holmes.
Learn More

Sign up to the Penguin Newsletter

For the latest books, recommendations, author interviews and more