Natasha Solomons

Natasha Solomons
I live with my husband, David, and our small son in rural Dorset.

As well as novels, I write screenplays with David. I’m fond of cake but rubbish at baking. I can make a mean slow-cooked stew though.

If I’m not pottering in the garden or writing in the studio, I can usually be found playing with little S or tramping through the fields under the hill.

95 Responses to “Natasha Solomons”

  1. Philip says:

    Thanks for your message.
    How interesting about your great-great uncle. Wasn’t Karl (Otto’s brother) the physicist; he who came up with the Schwarzchild radius, black holes, etc. ? Otto was the sensible one who went into banking, I believe. A very distinguished family anyway.

    Talking of black holes, those are very large molehills in your photo. I suppose they must have been made by very large (giant mutant?) moles. I’d check under the bed, if I were you…

    Seems that we linked up via Jane Smith’s excellent blog. Is that her real name, do you think? Or is she lurking ghost-like behind an assumed name, so as not to be sued by Sharon Osborne or someone?

    You book sounds great. I have mentally reserved a copy and will check your site for updates.
    All the best,
    Philip

  2. Philip says:

    I’ve said I would, although exactly at what point in the cycle, I’m not sure. Sounds like it might be interesting, though – even if, inevitably, there will be a certain lack of candour!
    Philip

  3. James says:

    Hello Natasha,

    Just spotted your lovely photos of the Dorset bluebells from May 2009. This is one my favourite times in Dorset. Look forward to being back in the summer for long dog walks on Bulbarrow and the other stunning haunts.

    Happy scribblings and have a wonderful spring.

    James
    Cheselbourne/Blandford/Shanghai

  4. Natasha Solomons says:

    Thanks James — isn’t it lovely? I can hardly wait. The smell of a bluebell wood at dusk…

  5. Jann Lane says:

    Hi Natasha,
    I live near a small country town, Margaret River in Western Australia on a farm with my husband, 4 adult children and 4 grandchildren. I received your book for my 70th and loved it as did my husband and daughter. I have chosen it for our book club.
    Do you have plans to come to Australia? Hope you do and come to Margaret River. We’d love to have you at our book club and we have a writers festival each May. There will always be a comfy bed.
    Mr Rose-in-Bloom reminded my of my father inlaw who was short, jewish and changed his name to Lane and also loved golf.
    Good luck with the next book,
    Janny

  6. This blog is a light in my life, thanks to you.

  7. Patricia says:

    Dear Natasha,
    I have just finished your fantastic book and I was so touched by the story, the fantasy and the characters. I found myself choking with tears while reading the last few chapters, so it took me a while to go through the last pages…

    14 years ago I came to UK to get married to a very English gentleman and I have always, since then, been fascinated by the intense colours of the British personality. That wooly-pig and those aristocrats, aren’t they a big contradiction in a culture of good manners and reason? The wonderful sense of humour and the closeness to nature, the pretended coldness and the strong loyalty of friendships…

    I confess that I am now as soft as clay in the hands of this country. Not sure where my Spanish heart has gone, but all my ups and downs whilst living among the British have found a very strong link with your book. And I just wanted you to know that I was very touched all the way, sometimes feeling like Sadie, sometimes like Jack… It is a fantastic book and I hope you keep on writting. You have a big Spanish fan now!

  8. Vanessa Heintz says:

    Love, love, love your book! I read two thirds on the flight back to Houston from Heathrow last week and finished off the rest last night. Please hurry and write another – I can’t wait. P.S. As an English person living in the US it amused (and did not surprise) me that Bobby Jones lacked the manners to write back to Jack. I’m married to a wonderful American man and love my life here but…there are certain things lacking! Do you think he would have responded via email had the Internet been available all those years ago? Thanks again for such a lovely read. You are a great writer – your Grandfather was right.

  9. Natasha Solomons says:

    Thanks so much Vanessa! I’m thrilled you enjoyed the book… and I hope your book group likes it too. I have to confess that I’m very fond of the US edition… I love the cover and none of the spellings etc have been changed.

  10. Natasha Solomons says:

    Hi Patricia

    (just realised I hadn’t replied, I’m so sorry!) Thanks so much for your gorgeous message. I’m sorry I made you cry… and I’m thrilled to have a Spanish fan (the book’s out in Spain too now).

    x

  11. Helen York says:

    Have nearly finished your wonderful book, I really want it to go on forever . Thank you for bringing back memories of a special time. I understand there is to be a film, have you any idea of when that might be? Best wishes, Helen

  12. Natasha Solomons says:

    Thanks Helen… I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Yes, Mr S and I are working on the screenplay at the moment. Movies always take a while though…

  13. Marcel Ladenheim says:

    Just finished your book.
    You have a great future, very sensitive and well written.
    Marcel Ladenheim ( Holocaust survivor from France)

  14. reiko says:

    Hi, Natasha!
    I just read your “Mr. Rosenblum’s List” and so be touched.
    Little sad and warm and wonderful book.
    Especially, your description of landscape of Pursebury Ash is wunderbar.
    I feel your whole lotta love for Dorset.
    (from Japan)

  15. Natasha Solomons says:

    Dear Marcel,

    I’m really touched that you enjoyed the book. It means a great deal to me. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

    x

  16. Natasha Solomons says:

    Thanks Reiko! So glad you enjoyed it… I love that Jack and Sadie have found their way to Japan.
    xxx

  17. Lesley Cully says:

    I love reading books but rarely am I moved to want to contact the author (actually the only other time was when I read the book by John McCarthy and Jill Morrell about 20 years ago!)
    I read your book only because my book club chose it – I am now ashamed to admit to you I would never have picked it myself but I’m so very glad I was wrong – I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it and I have cried – both over the story and the knowledge I was nearly finished.
    Very few books weave a tale as beautifully as you – and also very few manage to end in such a wonderful, satisfying way.
    So, thank you Ms Solomons, I am a new fan and I wish you continued success in your writing career and may it be a long one

  18. Christina Rhys says:

    Dear Natasha

    Just to add my thanks for your wonderful book. I took it away with me this summer and couldn’t put it down…thankyou! Looking forward very much to the next one.

    Best wishes

    Christina

  19. Stéphanie says:

    Magnificent book ! Bought it in Antwerp, Belgium, in English, and immediately read it from A-Z ! I have recommended it on my Facebook webpage !

  20. Meredith says:

    I just finished your book and absolutely loved it! One question – why was it given a different title in the U.S.? I much prefer the original title (and, yes, I live in the U.S.)

    Thank you for sharing the story of your grandfather’s name change. My family left Eastern Europe pre-WW I, and we also have stories of names changes (ones that made less sense).

  21. Natasha Solomons says:

    Hi Lesley,

    Thanks so much — I’m so glad that you enjoyed Mr R — and that your book club did too. Thanks for getting in touch.

    x

  22. Natasha Solomons says:

    Thanks Christina! So glad you enjoyed it.

    x

  23. Natasha Solomons says:

    Thanks Stephanie! So glad Jack is finding friends abroad…
    x

  24. Natasha Solomons says:

    Hi Meredith,

    So glad you enjoyed the book!

    Here is a blog post about the title change:

  25. Carolin says:

    Hallo,
    I bought your book 2 weeks ago. The first reason was the layout, I like these kind of books of old fashion style. In the bookstore they said that the inside is also cute. And now my problem, what can I do, when I´ll finished reading.

    Many greats from germany (the land of complicating.

    Carolin

  26. Monica Borrin Flint says:

    My dear Natasha,
    I have just finished reading, through tears, your wonderful, magical novel based on the lives of your grandparents, “Mr Rosenblum Dreams in English”
    A little like Sadie, perhaps, I am overwhelmed when I contemplate writing the lives of my parents who arrived in the UK after a very adventurous war. Their journey started in Poland where they were married in May 1939 and brought them via Russian prison camp, Italy, Egypt, Israel-Palestine, the Polish-British army…finally to Liverpool.
    I wonder how you were able to distil all your myriad of memories and impressions into this cohesive and enchanting story…my warmest congratulations!
    My sister and I were born in England in the late ’40s & early ’50s, and grew up in the London suburbs. Your descriptions of the pride in being British, the desire to blend in, the English countryside, folklore, memories of those left behind…are wise, true…bewitching. Since I live now in the USA (my family & I have been here 22 years) the mood of nostalgia & memory that you create is compounded by my distance from home.
    Thank you for a most wonderful novel, which made me both laugh & cry … is their a higher accolade? Looking forward so much to reading your next…
    Warmest greetings,
    Monica

  27. Monica Borrin Flint says:

    P.S.
    I absolutely love the American title of your book, and also its beautiful dust cover design.

  28. Eva says:

    Dear Natasha, may I say that your book feeds from my part of the world, Central and Eastern Europe ? As someone who has experienced the curses and blessings of multiple identities, nationalities, religions, emmigration, immigration and all the rest of it, I am truly grateful for your gift. Some of Mr and Mrs Rose-in-bloom’s stories could have been right off my family tree….my great-grandmother, arriving in the States in 1913, my grandmother emigrating to Germany in 1990, me leaving the Iron Curtain with two suitcases to visit all the never-seen-always-spoken-of relatives scattered all over Western Europe after the war… It still feels like visiting, after twenty years of shlepping various suitcases through various countries…well, keep shining and take your time. Hug, Eva

  29. Sandy Sharpe says:

    Oh Natasha, I just loved loved loved your beautiful book. How long did it take you to write and plan?It still stays inside my head and I talk to my friends about the characters. My grandparents were Jewish refugees from Lithuania, which was then part of Russia and they worked hard to make a life in England. Otherwise I would not be here today, together with my two children and fabulous three grandchildren.My grandmother, Yetta, left her parents, two brothers and their families (all murdered during the Holocaust) and as a teenager travelled alone across enemy territory to get to England.I lost my Mum last year, but her sister, my Aunt Celia, was 101 last week. She was a court dressmaker and made the robes for the Queen Mother for the 1937 coronation. Sadly she doesn’t recognize anyone now. Those refugees worked so hard and did not expect ‘handouts’ and free accomodation unlike many today. Sadly there is still an element of anti semitism as regards Golf Clubs which is why my husband’s club. Abridge, was originally founded. Must admit I refer to golf as the ‘four letter f word’ as I’m a golf widow! I can’t wait to see the movie. Are you planning on writing another novel? I do hope so as you have a special talent of painting magnificent word pictures for your readers. Take care, Sandy Sharpe

  30. erica says:

    Dear Natasha,
    My name is Erica, I live in Southern Spain, were we run a small B&B .
    Today I bought your book mr. Rosenblum’s list. I’m looking forward to read it.
    I will let you know what I think of it.
    erica de Groot

  31. Ron says:

    Hi Natasha
    Is Mr R being translated / has been translated to Hebrew?
    Ron

  32. Dear Natasha Solomons, I just finished your novel and found it to be most wonderful and very hard to put down. Your writing is so lyrical and the stories within the story of Mr. Rosenblum were so very beautiful, especially Sadie’s. I love the English characters and the folklore intertwined within the novel. I have never before written to an author but have for two reasons for doing so at this time. One to comment on your novel and another to ask if you ever give advice to people who are struggling with a first novel as I am doing so. I see by your mail on your website you are very busy with replies but if you have time I would like to hear from you. I am a 69 year old grandmother and artist who has decided to try her hand an a historical fiction novel about Alice B Toklas. Thanks Connie Ketchum, Davis California.

  33. Natasha Solomons says:

    Not yet but I’ll keep you posted. Danish was the most recent language…

  34. caroline sample says:

    Hi Natasha
    i have just finished reading about your book Mr Rosenblum’s List in my writers magaazine I bought your book in malta last August ( oh that sounds so far away ) both me and my Husband enjoyed reading it i got it from the Agenda book shop with its bright coulerful cover.and i revisted Mr Rosenblums golf coarse many a day .Your inspration on your writing has given me the fuil i need to carry on with my writing although i am slighitly dyseslic my Husband help me with my storys can i say all the best for 20011 .

  35. Amy Pirt says:

    Hello Natasha,

    I’m deep into a proof of your new novel (the perks of being a Waterstone’s bookseller) and am absolutely loving it. I cannot wait to start recommending it to customers – roll on April!

    Amy

  36. Ingrid Heinkel says:

    Dear Mrs Solomons,
    I just finished today the book “Wie Mr. Rosenblum in England sein Glück fand”. Thank you so much for this wonderful book. I enjoyed it very much. It´s one of my favorite books – and I´m a really difficult book reader. For me a book has to be humorous, profound, intelligent and it has to humanize the people of the story.
    >YOU DID IT!!!! Thank you!!!!
    Now I will tell everyone that I have three favorite books:
    YOURS
    M. Ibrahim und die Blumen des Korans – Eric Emmanuel Schmitt
    Der englische Harem – Anthony McCarten

  37. Alison Grinney says:

    Hi Natasha, have just finished your fabulous book, The Novel in the Viola. Didn’t want it to end. Just to say it was a truly marvellous read and I wait in anticipation of more from you.

  38. Alison Grinney says:

    that’s a the proof as Amy Pirt above, the joys of being a Waterstone’s bookseller! As Amy says, roll on April.

  39. Natasha Solomons says:

    Thanks Alison — I’m so, so pleased you like it! I’ve tried to e-mail you too, but for some reason, I end up e-mailing myself. I think my technical ability has suddenly turned vintage… too much period writing/ research…

  40. Aline Koppel says:

    Why was it published under two different titles — one in the UK and a different one in the US?
    I can’t access the blog post about the title change.
    Thanks.

  41. Marcel Ladenheim says:

    I met a couple of friends who have read your book who were absolutely thrilled and one is buying a copy to send to US.
    Waiting for the next one.
    Marcel

  42. A Lapedis says:

    Natasha, I bought your book in Tel Aviv yesterday and finished it today. The difficulties facing Sadie and Jack as both Jews and foreigners really struck a nerve with me. I grew up in a fairly traditional Jewish home also in a village and when I return today I still feel a bit of an outsider, even though I lived there almost my whole life. The account you give of the Rosenblums doing tashlich in the stream (which must have fish in it) reminds me of my mother leading us off to the nearest stream, which just happened to be in the church graveyard. Can we Jews ever be truly British? I don’t know!
    I also thoroughly enjoyed the culinary aspect. Also, the forever optimistic Jack kept me going when I felt upset.

    Many thanks

    Anna

  43. Sue Ashby says:

    Dear Natasha

    I’m reading the Novel in the Viola and enjoying it for many reasons, but particularly as a writer who also runs creative writing workshops & projects across Dorset. We now have a Dorset Writers’ Network and have funding for writers events, workshop and training days. One of our most active groups is in Winfrith Newburgh and we would love to invite you to talk about your work to our writers.

    I look forward to hearing form you,

    Best wishes

    Sue Ashby

  44. Jennifer Cole says:

    I just finished Mr Rosenblum’s list and loved it. I had to look up what a baumtorte looked like and ended up finding your blog! Your book has made me feel like I want to go and bake! Thank you for a fantastic book 🙂

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  46. mary gavigan says:

    I have just read your book The Novel In The Viola, enjoyed it immensely. I then tried to listen to the music following your instructions but I am unable to find it on the website, Help

  47. Fern Murray says:

    I too have just finished reading The Novel in the Viola and wanted to say how much I enjoyed it.An example of certainly superior contemporary fiction with great subtlety and I particularly liked Elise’s spirit which set her apart from other characters.I read it slowly as didn’t want the ending to come too soon.I’m now passing it on to my sister who has a particular fascination with WW2.The music was moving and suitably haunting.
    I noted certain similarities to Jane Eyre too!

  48. I have just finished reading your charming book Mr. Rosenblums list. Where did you get the name Rosenblum. My father was Myer Rosenblum of Sydney Australia. The Australian Rosenblums are all my relatives. My father had a “list” which his friends referred to as “Rosies” list. This was a list of must readbooks (mostly literature) His parents were born on a shtetl in Russia and escaped the Czarist pogroms in the early 1900’s finally arriving in Australia via South Africa. My fathers story is on the internet, he also received a government award for his contribution to Australian society.My father worked very hard to become an intergrated Australian and he succeeded just as your grandfather did to become an “Englishman” Regards Germaine (Rosenblum).

  49. Jude says:

    Hi Natasha, Just finished ‘Mr Rosenblum’s List’ and loved it. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us. I’ve just put in a request in the Dorset Libraries (we live in Wimborne) for ‘Viola’ and I thought you might be interested to hear that I’m number 19 of 20 requests on hold for 8 copies of your book. All good things come to those who wait, obviously, so I’m really looking forward to reading it. Thanks again. Jude.

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