The Gustav Sonata

The Gustav Sonata

By  Rose Tremain

The heartbreaking new novel from the bestselling Rose Tremain: a story of betrayal, the struggle for happiness and the healing power of friendship

The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

What is the difference between friendship and love?

Gustav grows up in a small town in Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem a distant echo. But Gustav’s father has mysteriously died, and his adored mother Emilie is strangely cold and indifferent to him. Gustav’s life is a lonely one until he meets Anton. An intense lifelong friendship develops but Anton fails to understand how deeply and irrevocably his life and Gustav’s are entwined until it is almost too late...

‘This is a perfect novel’ Observer

'The Gustav Sonata is beautifully rendered, and magnificent in its scope. It glows with mastery' Ian McEwan

Format & Editions

Paperback

9781784700201

January 30, 2017

Vintage

RRP $19.99

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Trade Paperback

9781784740047

June 13, 2016

Chatto & Windus

RRP $29.99

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Hardback

9781784740030

June 15, 2016

Chatto & Windus

RRP $37.99

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EBook

9781473520349

May 19, 2016

Vintage Digital

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Awards & Recognition

2017

Costa Novel Award

Shortlisted