Natasha Solomons was born in 1980. Her first job, aged nine, was as a shepherdess, minding the flock on Bulbarrow hill. Since then, she has worked as a screenwriter with her husband, and they are currently working on the adaptation of MR ROSENBLUM’S LIST. She is also researching a PhD in eighteenth-century poetry. She lives in Dorset.
Books by Natasha Solomons
The Novel In The Viola
In the spring of 1938 Elise Landau arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay. A bright young thing from Vienna forced to become a parlour-maid, she knows nothing about England, except that she won’t like it. As servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn, Elise wears her mother’s pearls beneath her uniform, and causes outrage by dancing with a boy called Kit. But war is coming and the world is changing. And Elise must change with it. At Tyneford she learns that you can be more than one person. And that you can love more than once.
Publication date: April 2011
World Rights: Sceptre
Mr Rosenblum’s List: or Friendly Guidance for the Aspiring Englishman
Jack Rosenblum is five foot three and a half inches of sheer tenacity. Through study and application he intends to become a Very English Gentleman. Jack is compiling a list, a comprehensive guide to the manners, customs and habits of this country. He knows that marmalade must be bought from Fortnum & Mason, he’s memorised the entire British monarchy back to 913 A.D and the highlight of his day is the BBC weather forecast. And he never speaks German, apart from the occasional curse.
From the moment he disembarked at Harwich in 1937 he understood that assimilation was the key. But the war’s been over for eight years and despite his best efforts, his bid to blend in remains fraught with unexpected hurdles. Including his wife.
Sadie finds his obsession baffling. She doesn’t want to forget who they are or where they come from. She’d rather bake cakes to remember the people they left behind than worry about how to play bridge. But Jack is convinced they can find a place to call home. In a final attempt to complete his list, he leads a reluctant Sadie into the English countryside. Here, in a land of woolly pigs, bluebells and jitterbug cider, the embark on an impossible task.
‘The descriptions of England—as friend, adversary and eventually home—are exquisite. Jack Rosenblum, a foolish, deeply sympathetic protagonist, is exasperating and admirable in equal measure. A touching, surprising and satisfying read.’ – Sadie Jones, author of The Outcast
World Rights: Sceptre
Rights Sold: North America (Reagan Arthur Books), Germany (Kindler Verlag), Italy (Frassinelli), Spain (ViceVersa), France (Calmann-Levy), Korea (Woongjin Think Big), Poland (Rebis), Slovakia (Ikar), Czech Republic (EuroMedia), Unabridged Audio (Magna), Large Print (BBC)
Natasha Solomons is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by stan – email@example.com