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The Road Home: From the Sunday Times bestselling author

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The momentary comfort of the cigarette is not only the sole source of comfort that he can hope for in this daunting journey, but it also provides him with a sense of familiarity, being one of the few remaining physical connections to his life in Auror. No follow up to this; he goes back to London and carries on where he left off, training to be a chef. The last few lines remind the reader of the colonial history of the country Lev is heading to, and their unwillingness to acknowledge their own wrongdoings.

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Tremain won an Orange Broadband Prize for the novel, which broadcaster Kirsty Lang praised for its empathy and humour. And I say "I think" because it wasn't after having finished the book and after having fallen asleep with the last chapter on my mind that I realised how affected I was by Lev's story. Her influences include William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's 1967 novel 100 Years of Solitude and the magical realism style. She finds him somewhere to live and a job as a kitchen porter and bit by bit, Lev gets himself on his feet so beginning a sometimes comic, often painful, journey through London. His move to England is forced by the rising financial difficulties of his family after he loses his job at the sawmill.Deep friendship with fellow outsiders, and the glimmerings of a new career, are no compensation for being poor and exiled, a status which Tremain highlights with persistence and compassion. Restoration, the first of her novels to feature Robert Merivel, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

The Road Home by Rose Tremain

As he told Lydia, his companion on the journey: 'I'm going to their country now and I'm going to make them share it with me: their infernal luck. It is a truly humbling book that made me see just how much we take things for granted over here - work, acceptance, even dreams don't seem so far off for us like they do for Lev.Kitchen assistant Simone's irreverent menus for the old-people's home made me laugh aloud for several minutes. In the story of Lev, newly arrived in London from Eastern Europe, Rose Tremain has written a wise and witty book about the contemporary migrant experience.

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