In Rose Tremain’s wry historical novel, a student abandons his studies to revel in gluttony, indolence and buffoonery at the Court of King Charles II.

Having forsaken Medicine for the Court, Robert Merivel finds favour with the King, and 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.

1989 Booker Prize
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Hamish Hamilton
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Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain

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Rose Tremain’s novels and short stories have been published in 30 countries and have won many awards. She was made a CBE in 2007 and a Dame in 2020.
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