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Helen Dunmore - Author

Helen Dunmore is the author of fourteen novels. Her first, Zennor in Darkness, explored the events which led to D H Lawrence’s expulsion from Cornwall (on suspicion of spying) during the First World War. It won the McKitterick Prize. Her third novel, A Spell of Winter, won the inaugural Orange Prize, now the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction. Her bestselling novel The Siege, set during the Siege of Leningrad, was described by Antony Beevor as ‘a world-class novel’ and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel of the Year and the Orange Prize. She has also written a ghost story, The Greatcoat, under the Hammer imprint.

She is fascinated by the Cold War era, which was also the era of her childhood, and is the setting for Exposure, and by the secrets, betrayals, loves, lies and loyalties which make up the period’s intimate history.

Helen Dunmore’s work has been translated into more than thirty languages and she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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If you like Helen Dunmore you might also like to read books by Paullina Simons, Esther Freud and Emma Tennant.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Helen Dunmore

Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore
Reader Reviewed Birdcage Walk
Helen Dunmore
March 2017 Book of the Month. A breathtaking, evocative, and stormy tale set in the early 1790’s, just as the fallout from the French Revolution was spilling over into life in Britain. Lizzie Fawkes, daughter of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/03/2017
Lovereading Price: £15.19
Exposure by Helen Dunmore
Reader Reviewed Exposure
Helen Dunmore
A wonderfully tense and arresting Cold War relationship tale, stuffed full to the brim with suspense. Set in 1960, couple Lily and Simon become caught in an unbelievably powerful web of lies. Normal everyday life intermingles with the hidden, and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
Lovereading Price: £6.39
Exposure by Helen Dunmore
Reader Reviewed Exposure
Helen Dunmore
February 2016 Book of the Month. A wonderfully tense and arresting Cold War relationship tale, stuffed full to the brim with suspense....
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/01/2016
Lovereading Price: £13.59
The Lie by Helen Dunmore
The Lie
Helen Dunmore
January 2014 eBook of the Month. Shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize 2015. A tale rooted in the sadness of the effect of World War I on those who returned. We are going...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/01/2014
Lovereading Price: £11.99
The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore
The Betrayal
Helen Dunmore
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 24 February 2011. Betrayal is a powerful and touching novel of ordinary people in the grip of a terrible and sinister regime - 1950s Soviet Union, and a moving portrait of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/02/2011
Lovereading Price: £7.19
The Siege by Helen Dunmore
The Siege
Helen Dunmore
The setting once again for the seventh novel by Helen Dunmore is one of war. The siege refers to the siege of Leningrad during WW2 by the Germans. It draws us deep into the Levin's family struggle to stay alive....
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 16/12/2010
Lovereading Price: £7.19
Your Blue-eyed Boy by Helen Dunmore
Your Blue-eyed Boy
Helen Dunmore
As the summer ends the autumn mist begins to roll off the water towards Simone’s home, a chilling metaphor for the turn of events which are about to engulf her life. This is a story about relationships and blackmail, past...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 27/03/2008
Lovereading Price: £7.99
House of Orphans by Helen Dunmore
House of Orphans
Helen Dunmore
Set in dangerous, unfamiliar times at the beginning of the 20th century, which strangely echo our own, the story reveals how terrorism lies hidden within ordinary life, as the rulers of Finland struggle to hold on to power as the...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 01/02/2007
Lovereading Price: £7.99
Mourning Ruby by Helen Dunmore
Mourning Ruby
Helen Dunmore
Dunmoreâs strength is in pulling together complex stories in a beautifully poetic language style and yet making the reading easily assimilated. The interconnected threads to the story revolve mainly around loss; a girl left in a shoebox at 2 days...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 27/05/2004
Lovereading Price: £6.39
A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore
A Spell of Winter
Helen Dunmore
Shortlisted for the Best of the Orange Best 2010 by the Orange Prize Youth Panel. Winner of the 1996 Orange Prize for Fiction. This is a marvellous novel about forbidden passions and thwarted love by one of the...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 05/09/1996
Lovereading Price: £7.99
Zennor in Darkness by Helen Dunmore
Zennor in Darkness
Helen Dunmore
This is Helen Dunmore’s first novel and although some of her later novels have been more widely read and more obvious commercial bestsellers, this one is an outstanding piece of writing that will truly stand the test of time. During...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 24/02/1994
Lovereading Price: £7.19

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