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 "
Rose Tremain s bestselling novels have won many awards, including the Orange Prize" (The Road Home), " the Whitbread Novel of the Year" (Music Silence), " the James Tait Black Memorial Prize "(Sacred Country) Restoration" was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Rose Tremain was made a CBE in 2007 and was appointed Chancellor of the University of East Anglia in 2013. She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer, Richard Holmes. www.rosetremain.co.uk"