The Road Home by Rose Tremain

About the book

Lev is on his way from Eastern Europe to Britain, seeking work. Behind him loom the figures of his dead wife, his beloved young daugher and his outrageous friend Rudi who – dreaming of the wealthy West – lives largely for his battered Chevrolet. Ahead of Lev lies the deep strangeness of the British: their hostile streets, their clannish pubs, their obsession with celebrity. London holds out the alluring possibility of friendship, sex, money and a new career and, if Lev is lucky, a new sense of belonging…


Reviewed by Waterside Phoenix

Rose Tremain has used to telling effect all the writing techniques of the 21st Century in this novel. Chapter titles, authentic dialogue, emotional flashbacks and a main character in an isolated position that few readers can have experienced. Not all of our comfortable family supported members could quite believe Lev (Lion) was completely real and we hovered between three and four stars in rating this book. A very good read and source of valuable discussion.””

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3 thoughts on “The Road Home by Rose Tremain”

  1. Reviewed by Blank Books

    “Slow to get into but well written and thought provoking. Good characterisation even if we don’t like them; her descriptions of the environment around the main character were good and enabled us to see how a new immigrant feels”

    star rating ***


  2. Reviewed by Sandy’s Reading Group

    “Refreshing to read a linear story focussed on one main character’s journey which was ultimately redemptive. Most of the group enjoyed it, finding the characters engaging and warm – we were pleased Lev’s life was turning out well. One member found that it didn’t make much impression”

    star rating ***


  3. Reviewed by Saturday Bookworms

    “Thoroughly enjoyed, Very good author – well written and thought provoking. The story was very descriptive. The book was very easy to read and the storyline flowed,”

    star rating ****


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