When a twist of fate delivers an ambitious young medical student to the court of King Charles II, he is suddenly thrust into a vibrant world of luxury and opulence. Blessed with a quick wit and sparkling charm, Robert Merivel rises quickly, soon finding favour with the King, and privileged with a position as ‘paper groom’ to the youngest of the King’s mistresses. But by falling in love with her, Merivel transgresses the one rule that will cast him out from his new-found paradise…
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize
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"Triumphant" ( Sunday Telegraph)
"To be moved and impressed by a novel and yet so entertained, is rare" (Fay Weldon)
"A dazzling triumph… It is nothing less than superb" ( New York Times Book Review)
"A most beautiful and original novel" ( Independent)
"Gripping" ( Herald)
The bestselling and much-loved classic from Orange Prize-winning Rose Tremain, Restoration introduces us to the young Robert Merivel and his rise and fall through glittering seventeenth-century society.
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