Rose Tremain is considered to be an important contemporary British novelist, and she is also one of the most celebrated of her generation. In 1983, Granta magazine named her one of its twenty “Best Young British Novelists” along with Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie, and Ian McEwan. Tremain’s 1985 novel The Swimming Pool Season won the Angel Literary Award, as did her 1989 work Restoration, which also was named the Sunday Express Book of the Year and was short-listed for the Booker Prize for Fiction. An award-winning film adaptation of Restoration, starring Robert Downey, Jr., Sam Neill, and Meg Ryan, was released in 1995.
Tremain’s 1992 novel Sacred Country won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Étranger, and in 1999 Music and Silence won the Whitbread Award. The Colour was short-listed for the 2004 Orange Prize for Fiction, an honor that Tremain received again for The Road Home in 2008. In addition, Tremain was named as a judge for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1988 and in 2000. In 2000, she was awarded an honorary Litt.D. by the University of East Anglia, and in 2007 she received the prestigious honor of being named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.