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Winner of the Whitbread Novel Award 1999
The award-winning Music and Silence is one of
Tremain’s most popular works. Set in the court
of Christian IV of Denmark during the
seventeenth century, it is a beautiful and
enduring tale of love, intrigue and betrayal.
Part history, part imagination, Music and
Silence lyrically evokes the rich tapestry of
court life.
The obsessions and secret woes of a host of
memorable characters are brilliantly realised by
Tremain, who deftly weaves together the
numerous sub-plots. We encounter a King,
tormented by his quest for perfection; the
raucous and spoilt Kirsten, raging against the
constraints of her queenly situation; and the
silently grieving Emilia.

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