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. Hélène says:

    Bonjour Natasha,
    Je parle très mal anglais, c’est pourquoi je vous écrit en français. Je suis la correctrice de “Jack Rosenblum” pour le Livre de Poche, et je voulais juste vous dire merci pour ce talentueux roman qui rend heureux !

  2. mike robetrts says:

    love the book .Can play jack.? please
    I am diecting “Damers vision” a new community play based on Lord Milton flooding the old village of Milton Abbas it will be performed at st James Church Milton Abbas Milton Abbas
    on the 20.nov 2011 at 7.30 before the Arch Bishop of Sherborne You will be most welcome .
    Mike Roberts stage name (Robert Micheals)

  3. anna says:

    Dear Natasha,

    I very much enjoyed reading your novel, which I found both touching and funny. I will at some point try to make a Baumtorte, although the recipe is quite a challenge and reminds me of the recipes my grand-mother used to write down for me.
    You might be happy (at least I hope so!) to hear that Mr Rosenblum’s List will actually be included in the PhD thesis I am currently trying to finish. So good luck for your PhD, and please also keep on writing fiction!

    Best wishes,

  4. Danielle Rubinstein says:

    Hi Natasha

    Just started reading your book.. Mr Rosenblum.

    Only on chapter 3 but love it ! cant put it down.


  5. sally dewey says:

    My sister Ann Welch has just written to you about your marvellous book about Tyneham as she was stationed there as a WAF during the war. She is now 89, but very much ‘with it’ and just loved your book. She posted it to your publishers & I do hope you get it. She would love a reply!

  6. sally dewey says:

    Thank you so much for replying to my sister. She is still very full of stories about her amazing time in the WAAF’s, and was on duty on ‘D Day’ when they used Bernard Lovell’s new radar system. She tells me that there is a statue or some such on Bullbarrow to commemorate this. She was based in Tyneham for about 2 years, but when the army took it over they were moved to Swanage & had to go to work in Worth Matravers by army lorry. She was based in Wyke for her first 2 years & this took about a week of train travel to get there from her home in Broadstone! Best wishes Sally

  7. Cindy says:

    I just finished “The House at Tyneford” and enjoyed it immensely. In the acknowledgments, it says the viola concerto can be heard by visiting your web site, but I don’t see any way to access it.

  8. Natasha Solomons says:

    Hi Cindy,

    I’m really glad you enjoyed the book — the music should display in your browser on the front page of the website. Click on the album cover for ‘The Novel in the Viola’.


  9. Richard Helyer says:

    Dear Natasha,

    May I join the many others in thanking you for Mr. R. As it happens, I was on retreat at Gaunts House near Wimborne last weekend, so I travelled over to Bulbarrow and had a quiet peek at Ibberton; I did of course see The Old Smithy, but tried to look nonchalant as I passed, so that those inside were not put off by a gawking admirer.

    My wife and I were wondering how some of the little jokes travelled into other tongues, when your work was translated into European and other languages. For example, it is easy for us in English to enjoy “Mr. Rose-in-bloom” but this might not get across in translation. How did your translators overcome this, or did these jolly elements need to be excised from overseas versions of Mr. R?

    We look forward to following your writing career as well as admiring your academic one from a distance.

    Blessings, Richard

  10. Trevor Stratford says:

    Have just finished Mr. Rosenblum’s List; one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read. I shall now seek out your other works.



  11. Johanna Reinke says:

    Ms. Solomons-

    I am still weeping having just finished your amazingingly beautiful “The House at Tyneford.” What skill and respect you demonstrate in the descriptions of emotions, physicality, nature and mood-I was there, smelling, feeling and aching throughout this extraordinary story. I’ve been “near” the ghost village on one of my trips to England and was curious about the circumstances under which it had evolved.
    Such joy to be moved so completely by someone’s writing!
    I am in awe.

    Johanna Reinke

  12. Natasha Solomons says:

    Hi Johanna,

    Thanks so much! I’m secretly thrilled I made you cry.


  13. Natasha Solomons says:

    Thanks Trevor!

  14. Kersten Bailey Myers says:

    Dear Natasha,

    My Book Group and I have recently finished Mr R’s List and I wanted to write to you to let you know how very much we all enjoyed this book. Usually the book discussion element of the evening can be as short as 30/40mins but we sat and laughed at Mr R’s eccentricities for almost 2 hours! I have recommended the book to two other groups and we are planning a ‘Book Group on Tour’ night out to watch the film when it is released; we’re all excited to see just how steep Bulbarrow Hill is! I now intend to seek out your other titles and judging from the comments above, I have a treat in store.
    Thank you very much for such a wonderful read and very best wishes for your future endeavours.

    Warm Regards, Kersten.

  15. Gloria White says:

    I’ve been passing the word on House of Tyneford to everyone, especially at my local library. Came home with Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English and can’t wait to get started on it.
    Thank you so much for your wonderful book.

  16. Mona says:

    Dear Ms. Solomons:

    I just finished “Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English” and was very moved, because of the similarities with my own family.

    I myself was a child of Jack and Sadie, who were in my life were Ray and Jadwiga. Ray was the American son of Polish immigrant steelworkers and Jadwiga, my mother was a Polish Catholic from Bialystok, taken by Russians at the beginning of the war to a Siberian work camp. When Germany attacked Russia, she was sent to the Middle East were she joined a faction of the Polish army and later met my father, an American, at the battle of Monte Cassino in Italy. Many members of my mother’s family died in the war.

    She came to America as his wife but never really adapted. We children were raised in the old European way by her and the images of Sadie baking late into the night to quell her sorrows was very moving to me as my mother also had an old cook book with memories. She told me stories of prewar Europe and the food her aunt made and how beautiful Poland was before it was destroyed. Because of her East European ethnicity and heavy accent, myself and my three siblings always felt different than other typical American families.

    And just like Jack, my parents also changed their Polish surname in the 1950s to Americanize. Therefore, like Sadie, I feel that my heritage was lost in the post war craze to fit in. I am not related to anyone else who shares my adoptive last name.

    Thank you so much for writing this book: my parents are both gone now (they would in their 90s) and this book reminded me so much of them.

  17. Dolores Cunningham says:

    I just finished Tyneford and though it was slow at times, I was sad to have it end. It is so charmingly written in this day and age. My question, Could you write a sequel? I am curious as to how Alice and David lived. Did they have children, etc.?

  18. Katrina says:

    Dear Natasha,

    I read Tyneford House while on holiday recently and did not want to put it down. I read deep into the night and cried during several sections, while my daughter (also Natasha) slept in the bed across from me. When I had finished the book, I reread passages so that I did not have to leave the characters and Tyneford quite so soon. Like Elise in the boat with Kit before he departs, I just wanted to stay stuck in time and not have those moments end.

    What a wonderful gift. Thank you!

    A reader from California (who spent many summers in the UK as a child, looking out to sea and wandering in the countryside near my grandparents’ home)

  19. Sharron Burgess says:

    Dear Natasha,

    The House at Tyneford was a beautifully crafted novel. I savored it and felt sad when I finished it. I have just started Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English and am thoroughly enjoy it. Please say you will give us more to enjoy !!
    You have a brilliant way of writing so I feel so fortunate to read your work.
    You are a strong favorite of all that I have read. Congratulations and please give us more.

    Respectfully sent,
    Sharron Burgess

  20. RIta says:

    I’ve just started The House at Tyneford and can’t put it down. I’m a bit disappointed, however, as you make reference to listening to music in your Acknowledgment. I can’t not find this music on your website…

  21. Deb H says:

    Just finished The House of Tyneford and loved it! Please write more books!

  22. Kathy says:

    I’m in the middle of The House at Tyneford, in this soft New Jersey autumnal wet weather, and can hardly put it down. How beautifully you evoke the loveliness of each season in Dorset, with a native’s passion and delicacy and lingering eye for each rich and telling detail of flower and landscape and weather. And the music is exquisite. I’m so glad to have discovered you and will read Mr R next. Are YOU from an emigre background? You describe the contrasting worlds of England and Austria too well not to know each in your bones!

  23. Adam Shaw says:

    Recent joys: flying upside down in formation, walking my dog, drinking cider… and reading the adventures of Mr.and Mrs. Rose-in-bloom. What a funny/touching and timely book. Bravo. Anytime you and David are in the neighborhood, come have a spin. (Doesn’t have to be topsy-turvy… promise).

  24. Suzanne says:

    I just finished The House at Tyneford. My grandparents were evacuated from the east end of London to the “wilds of Oxfordshire” and have many stories! My mother lost one of her brothers at sea and her young GI husband at Dunkirk. Although I was born after the war, your story evoked many memories of the England I grew up in and the war, losses,courage and humour that were still very recent memories. Managed to keep a stiff upper lip until the last chapter! Lovely story!

  25. Stefano Bombardi says:

    Dear Natasha,
    I’m your Italian readers. Your novel “The Novel in the Viola” (in Italian: “Una fidanzata inopportuna” which, translated into English, means “a girlfriend inappropriate”) was beautiful. I hope to read soon your new novel. I love so much the England. Thanks to exist.
    Stefano Bombardi – Verona – Italy

  26. Gabrielle Streater says:

    Hello there Natasha,
    I am thrilled to have the chance to post a comment on your website. I’ve just left a comment on the facebook page of a tv show here in Australia called “First Tuesday Book Club”, which I love.

  27. Gabrielle Streater says:

    Hello there Natasha,
    I am thrilled to have the chance to post a comment on your website. I’ve just left a comment about your books on the facebook page of a tv show here in Australia called “First Tuesday Book Club”, which I love and watch religously. Then I googled you and found this page!
    I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed Mr Rosenblum’s List. From page 1 I was utterly captivated. Your ability to communicate those complex and often hilarious accents gave all your characters true life and colour!
    Each character was a story unto him or herself, each on such a personal journey. And yet, their relationships with eachother were so endearing.
    Sadie was so very close to my heart as she was to me, the depiction of my German mother-in-law, who was brought to Australia with her husband in the 60’s and always seemed to exist in a quiet and solitary state of broken-heartedness and home-sickness for her beloved Germany.
    I am well into “The Novel in the Viola” and equally as enthralled.
    DON’T STOP NATASHA! Please! You are such a gift to readers like me! 🙂

  28. Kim Salisbury says:

    Dear Natasha,
    I have just finished reading ‘The novel in the viola’ and loved every minute of it. I live in Australia but my grandfather was from Dorset. When my sister and I first visited my great aunt there in 1986 she took us to Tyneham. I still remember clearly the atmosphere of the place and reading your book brought it all back to me.
    A truly beautiful novel. Thank you so much.

  29. Hello Natasha – I TOTALLY loved House at Tyneford thanks to my Kindle – otherwise I might not have ever found it. I am a fiddler and have lived in England off and on since 1964. My husband and I tour over there a lot as Bayou Seco -even now in our late 60’s/early 70’s. We play American Folk music of the SW USA (we live in New Mexico) and love playing in Worth Matravers at the Square and Compass Pub. Also in Bridport at the Hope and Anchor. I love your area of England and the descriptions made me so nostalgic. Alas we aren’t going this Spring, because of the side effects of my husbands Prostate Cancer treatments.
    I am in my second reading now of “the House” because I so gobbled it first time around. I will get to Mr Rosenblum after I finish savouring all the caracters in your fine book. It would make a good movie or Masterpiece Theatre TV show. Better than Dowton Abbey – that’d for sure!!!!! Have fun balancing motherhood and writing. I wish Alice and Daniel had had a child. Oh well….. Good luck and I look forward to more of your novels. Cheers – Jeanie McLerie

  30. Dr R Bar-On says:

    I very much enjoyed your excellent “The Novel in a Viola” (and “Mr Rosenblum’s List”, especially since I grew up in WW2 England (I now live in Israel).

    Suggest you add a Note to Wikipedia’s article on “Tyneham”.

  31. Mystica says:

    I loved the Novel in the Viola. It has been on my TBR for years and I just got to it. I’ve done a review of this book on my blog as well. It was so descriptive and I did so like how you handled the love story along with the sadness of this story.

  32. veronica says:

    Dear Natasha,
    I have finished yesterday “The house at Tyneford” and I just want to tell you that It has been a pleasure to read such a good novel. My english is terrible, i write you from Spain, and it is very difficult to me to explain in other language, the emotions that your novel has made on me. I felt so sad at times reading it, but always very interested in the story and absolutely in love with the landscape, and of course with the irresistible characters. Thank you very much for your talent.

  33. Kalai says:

    Hi Natasha,
    I just finished “Mr. Rosenblum’s List”. Enjoyed every bit of it. It’s been a long time I read a novel that’s so enticing and touching. Thanks for it!!!!

  34. Saskia says:

    Dear Natasha,

    I have just read “The Novel in the Viola”. What a story! I was not able to stop reading and on Sunday I spent some hours in the garden in my hammock – just reading and reading!

    Whilst reading I had the feeling “I was right in the story myself”. I guess I must have been there in my previous life! :-). Maybe this explains my love for England (I am Austrian myself but lived in England for some years) and some of the emotions I got while reading (which also had to do with the time in history you are writing about).

    I am looking forward to reading more of your novels.
    Best regards from Austria!

  35. Deborah says:

    Dear Natasha

    It took some pages before I appreciated how funny your book was going to be and when finished I recommended it to my husband with the words ‘think of an Ealing comedy’ – but as a farmer’s wife in the north I am still worried about Dorset molehills – are they really so big that Curtis could sit on one? Where I live they are only about 3 or 4 inches high and the soil they throw up is very soft.

  36. Robyn Markow says:

    I really liked your book “The House At Tyneford” besides the tragedy of war & loss what also touched me about the story was the fact that everyone had to leave this lovely little village & never allowed to return. I felt the main character was v.well-written;she wasn’t perfect & beautiful like most heroines in women’s literature,which made her really relatable. I especially enjoyed it when she slapped that Nazi solider across the face;that really showed him! I look forward to reading your other books as well:-)

  37. Cheryl says:

    Dear Natasha–
    I picked “The House at Tyneford” for my book club to read. It is such a beautiful book. Your writing is so descriptive. I would love to see it in a movie (or mini-series). Will this happen?
    Our book club discussion will be December 6. So far, every one has loved it. If you have any comments for our readers–I would love to pass them along.
    Also, I loved the Magic Faraway Tree books too! And I will definitely read your other books.

  38. Adrian Mandel says:

    Dear Natasha
    I have just finished Mr. Rosenblum’s List and really enjoyed it! Couldn’t put it down and am now looking out your other books,

  39. Val Hungerford says:

    Dear Natasha,I don’t often read novels but I have just read your “Mr Rosenblum’s list” and loved it. My husband is now reading it. Thank you for such a good read, Val.

  40. Cécile says:

    Dear Natasha,

    Thanks for so much emotions translates by words. In your books there are always thinks I know, better thinks I feel.
    My grand-parents came as refugees in Belgium after the second war. No more country, no more family.
    Jack, Elise of Sadie make part of me.

    Thank you sincerely


  41. Rivka Noury says:

    Dear Natasha,

    I too just finished your novel with a glass or two of red wine. I never read a novel so quickly. I was so touched by your style and ability to provoke such emotions with fewer words than one might expect. I wished it could continue on and on… but perhaps that is up to us to do. It was very cathartic.

    All the best,


  42. Ulla says:

    Dear Natasha,
    excuse me – my english is not the best one.
    I just read your book “the novel in the viola”.(in german translation-sorry…)
    (First – I liked the beautiful cover)
    I didn´t want, that it ends. I felt me deep in the lecture.
    Thank You so much for the hours in Wien and in tyneford.

    Now I will look for other books from you.

    Greatings from Cologne

  43. Our reference librarian in Oak Ridge, TN, recommended your House at Tyneford to it’s members as material to better understand the changes WW11 caused to the families in England’s countryside. This book was absolutely enchanting. (I will now search for your other writings.) You made me feel like I was part of the story. I didn’t want the book to ever end. I felt outside myself. You have a wonderful gift. Thank you for sharing this gift with all of us.

    Hello from the other side of the “pond”.

  44. Fran Witt says:

    Our book club just read THE HOUSE AT TYNEFORD and enjoyed it. We have a couple questions:

    What happened to the novel in the viola?
    How could we be sure Kit was dead? We thought he might return.
    Where did Mr. Rivers and Elise go after they were forced to leave Tyneford?

  45. Michela says:

    Hello Natasha,
    I’ve just started your book Mr Rosenblum’s list and I’m already enjoying it!
    The cover says “..the movie is already on its way..”. Is it true?

    Thank you for your answer 🙂


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