Zennor in Darkness From the Women's Prize-Winning Author of A Spell of Winter

by Helen Dunmore

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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 World War I, D.H. Lawrence and his wife moved to Cornwall where they became the subject of intense suspicion from the locals and this forms the inspiration for the novel centering on Clare, a young girl who comes under the influence of the Lawrences.  Dunmore is superb at evoking characters from the past and yet making you feel relaxed in their company and the situations these characters are found in are captured perfectly as well.

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Zennor in Darkness From the Women's Prize-Winning Author of A Spell of Winter Synopsis

They stand by side on the rock, facing out to sea. They are hidden from land here. Even spies would see nothing of them. It is spring 1917 in the Cornish coastal village of Zennor, and the young artist Clare Coyne is waking up to the world. Ignoring the whispers from her neighbours, she has struck a rare friendship with D.H. Lawrence and his German wife, who are hoping to escape the war-fever of London. In between painting and visits to her new friends she whiles away the warm days with her cousin John, who is on leave from the trenches, harbouring secrets she couldn't begin to understand. But as the heat picks up, so too do the fear and the gossip that haunt the village. And the freedom to love will come at a steep price. ______________________________________________ **Winner of the McKitterick Prize** 'Highly original and beautifully written' Sunday Telegraph 'Electrifying . . . Helen Dunmore mesmerizes you with her magical pen' Daily Mail 'Deceit gives Helen Dunmore's novel a jagged edge. Secrets, unspoken words, lies that have the truth wrapped up in them somewhere make Dunmore's stories ripples with menace and suspense' Sunday Times 'We believe in Clare's intelligence, talent and passion. A triumph' Independent on Sunday

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ISBN: 9780241988558
Publication date: 3rd June 2021
Author: Helen Dunmore
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Primary Genre Literary Fiction
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Helen Dunmore Press Reviews

'Deceit gives Helen Dunmore's novels a jagged edge. Secrets, unspoken words, lies that have the truth wrapped up in them somewhere make her stories ripple with menace and suspense' Penny Perrick, Sunday Times

'Extremely fine...an electrifying earthiness...Helen Dunmore mesmerizes you with her magical pen' - Val Hennessy, Daily Mail

'We believe in Clare's intelligence, talent and passion, and it is something of a triumph that the dense pleasures of landscape and texture never overpower our involvement in her story' - Elaine Feinstein, Independent on Sunday

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ISBN: 9780141033600
Publication date: 24/02/1994
Format: Paperback

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About Helen Dunmore

Helen Dunmore was 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 Baileys 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.Helen Dunmore&...

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