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Helen Dunmore

UK (1952 - )

Helen Dunmore has published six novels with Viking and Penguin, including A SPELL OF WINTER, winner of the Orange Prize. She is also a poet and a children's novelist. She lives with her family in Bristol.


Picture Books
Orange Prize for Fiction Best Novel winner (1996) : A Spell of Winter
Whitbread Prize Best Novel nominee (2001) : The Siege
Orange Prize for Fiction Best Novel nominee (2002) : The Siege
Orange Prize for Fiction Best Novel nominee (2006) : House of Orphans
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2010) : The Betrayal

Helen Dunmore recommends
Sapphira and the Slave Girl
Sapphira and the Slave Girl (1940)
Willa Cather
"Willa Cather makes a world which is burningly alive, sometimes lovely, often tragic. "
Four Dreamers and Emily
Four Dreamers and Emily (1996)
Stevie Davies
"Poignant, funny and luminous - lit by comedy and wisdom."
Tamarind Mem
Tamarind Mem (1996)
Anita Rau Badami
"I enjoyed it enormously... A captivating writer, with a sharp sense of character and a humour that infuses the story with vitality."
A Stairway to Paradise
A Stairway to Paradise (1999)
Madeleine St John
"A moral comedy as well as a social one."
Laura Blundy
Laura Blundy (2000)
Julie Myerson
"A richly atmospheric novel which burns in the imagination, and will go on burning for a long time. Lorna belongs in her own time, and yet reaches out through it, telling her story with a candour I found deeply moving."
The Story of My Face
The Story of My Face (2002)
Kathy Page
"A moving, absorbing story... Kathy Page writes beautifully."
The End of my Tether
The End of my Tether (2002)
Neil Astley
"Brilliantly readable, wildly funny and macabre."
Dandelion Soup
Dandelion Soup (2004)
Babs Horton
"Cunningly and powerfully told."
The Burying Beetle
The Burying Beetle (2005)
(Gussie, book 1)
Ann Kelley
"Atmospheric and beguilling."
Resistance (2007)
Owen Sheers
"Sheers is a vivid sensual writer."
Dream Laboratory
Dream Laboratory (2007)
Clare Brown
"A novelist to watch. She is original, ruthless and full of vitality."
The Ingenious Edgar Jones
The Ingenious Edgar Jones (2007)
Elizabeth Garner
"Garner's imagination is compelling and the novel has real narrative drive... enjoyable and eloquent."
Before I Knew Him
Before I Knew Him (2008)
Anna Ralph
"Sensuous and evocative... Anna Ralph has real poise."
A Life Apart
A Life Apart (2008)
Neel Mukherjee
"Assured and fearless... this is subtle, precise writing."
Afterlife (2009)
Sean O'Brien
"Compelling and hypnotic."

The Pink Hotel (2011)
Anna Stothard
"The quality of her writing is remarkable."

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