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'The huge questions'

10 February 2003

'There are these criticisms levelled at historical fiction, that somehow authors who don't work in the present are marginalised from their own times and their work is irrelevant. I find that rather arrogant. I think the great bonus of taking the reader out of his or her small world is that they can consider the huge questions, like love and loss, betrayal and loyalty, success and failure, friendship and death.'

Rose Tremain, whose new novel The Colour is published shortly, quoted in the Bookseller