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Helen Dunmore (1952–2017)

Autor(a) de The Siege

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About the Author

Helen Dunmore was born in Beverley, England on December 12, 1952. She received a degree in English from the University of York in 1973. She taught English in Finland before moving to Bristol, England, where she taught literature and creative writing. She was a poet, novelist, and children's author. mostrar mais Her collections of poetry include The Apple Fall, The Raw Garden, and Inside the Wave. Her books include Talking to the Dead, Your Blue-Eyed Boy, House of Orphans, The Greatcoat, The Siege, The Betrayal, The Lie, and Birdcage Walk. She won the McKitterick Prize for debut novelists in 1994 for Zennor in Darkness, the inaugural Orange Prize for Fiction in 1996 for A Spell of Winter, and the Costa Award for Poetry in 2017 for Inside the Wave. She died of cancer on June 5, 2017 at the age of 64. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Helen Dunmore

The Siege (2001) 1,008 cópias
Ingo (2005) 727 cópias
A Spell of Winter (1995) 628 cópias
Talking to the Dead (1996) 419 cópias
Exposure (2016) 404 cópias
The Betrayal (2010) 380 cópias
The Tide Knot (2006) 356 cópias
The Greatcoat (2012) 326 cópias
Your Blue-eyed Boy (1998) 313 cópias
The Lie (2014) 309 cópias
Birdcage Walk (2017) 283 cópias
Mourning Ruby (2003) 276 cópias
The Deep (2007) 270 cópias
House of Orphans (2006) 244 cópias
With Your Crooked Heart (1999) 219 cópias
The Crossing of Ingo (2008) 216 cópias
Zennor in Darkness (1993) 207 cópias
Burning Bright (1994) 173 cópias
Love of Fat Men (1997) 143 cópias
Counting the Stars (2008) 109 cópias
Zillah and Me (2000) 96 cópias
Ice Cream (2000) 84 cópias
Stormswept (2012) 72 cópias
Inside the Wave (2017) 64 cópias
Rose, 1944 (2005) 58 cópias
Stories To Get You Through The Night (2010) — Introdução — 33 cópias
The Malarkey (2012) 21 cópias
In The Money (2001) 15 cópias
Glad of These Times (2007) 15 cópias
Tara's Tree House (Bananas) (2004) 13 cópias
Fatal Error (1996) 12 cópias
Going to Egypt (1992) 11 cópias
The Zillah Rebellion (2001) 11 cópias
Recovering a Body (1994) 11 cópias
Bestiary (1997) 10 cópias
The Ferry Birds (2010) 10 cópias
The Lilac Tree (2004) 9 cópias
The Raw Garden (1988) 9 cópias
The Islanders (2011) 8 cópias
The Silver Bead (2003) 7 cópias
Go Fox (1996) 7 cópias
The Sea Skater (1986) 6 cópias
The Seal Cove (2004) 6 cópias
The Lonely Sea Dragon (2013) 5 cópias
Apple Fall (1983) 5 cópias
Babyfeber (2001) 1 exemplar(es)
Allie away (2000) 1 exemplar(es)
Snollygoster and Other Poems (2001) 1 exemplar(es)
one day 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Ana Karênina (1875) — Introdução, algumas edições38,579 cópias
Rumo ao Farol (1927) — Introdução, algumas edições17,651 cópias
A Confession (1882) — Prefácio, algumas edições838 cópias
Latecomers (1988) — Introdução, algumas edições440 cópias
Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre (2016) — Contribuinte — 301 cópias
A Wreath of Roses (1949) — Introdução, algumas edições289 cópias
First Folio: A Little Book of Folio Forewords (2008) — Contribuinte — 180 cópias
Love Letters of the Great War (2014) — Prefácio, algumas edições32 cópias
The Children's Book of Books 2000 (2000) — Contribuinte — 30 cópias
First Light: A celebration of Alan Garner (2016) — Contribuinte — 29 cópias
The Second Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1997) — Contribuinte — 27 cópias
A Second Skin: Women Write about Clothes (1998) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
A Day in the Life (2003) — Contribuinte — 15 cópias
Modern Women Poets (2005) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
Best Short Stories 1992 (1992) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
Midnight Feast (2007) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
Poetry anthology (2000) — Contribuinte, algumas edições6 cópias
City: Bristol Today in Poems and Pictures (2004) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Riptide: v. 4: Short Stories with an Undercurrent (2009) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Sisters (Mammoth Contents) (1998) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Contos Coragem 1 exemplar(es)


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Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Berkeley, Yorkshire, England, UK
Local de falecimento
Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Causa da morte
Locais de residência
Yorkshire, England, UK
Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Nottingham High School for Girls
University of York
children's book author
short story writer
literary critic
Royal Society of Literature
Society of Authors
Royal Literary Fund (trustee)
Royal Society of Literature (fellow, 1997)
Caradoc King (AP Watt)
Pequena biografia
Helen Dunmore was born in Beverley, in Yorkshire, England and grew up in a bookish household. The family moved frequently for her father's work. She attended Sutton High School, London and Nottingham Girls' High School, then direct grant grammar schools.

She studied English at York University, where she developed a lifelong love for Russian poets, especially Osip Mandelstam. From 1973 to 1975, she lived in Finland and worked as a teacher. In 1980, she married Frank Charnley, a lawyer, with whom she had two children and a stepson. She became the author of 11 collections of poetry, 12 novels, three books of short stories, and numerous books for young adults and children. She also wrote literary criticism. Some of Dunmore's children's books are included in school curricula.

She taught on Arvon Foundation writing courses, set up a poetry group in Bristol, worked on the management committee of the Society of Authors and served as its chair. She was a trustee of the Royal Literary Fund.
She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1997. In March 2017, she published her last novel, Birdcage Walk, and her final poetry collection, Inside the Wave, appeared a month later, shortly before her death. Inside the Wave posthumously won the Poetry and overall Book of the Year awards in the 2017 Costa Book Awards.



BRITISH AUTHOR CHALLENGE OCTOBER 2015 - DUNMORE & MITCHELL em 75 Books Challenge for 2015 (Janeiro 2016)
A Spell of Winter, Helen Dunmore em World Reading Circle (Fevereiro 2013)
The Siege by Helen Dunmore em Orange January/July (Janeiro 2012)
A SPELL OF WINTER by Helen Dunmore em Orange January/July (Agosto 2011)


At the height of a heat wave, Nina arrives at her sister's house in the country to assist after the sister, Isabel, has given birth. From the first pages, the reader knows something tragic happens, but it's not entirely clear what. The heat and isolation of the house make for a claustrophobic setting, and Dunmore creates an unsettling atmosphere almost from the first. The reader slowly learns more about these two sisters and their relationship, with some flashbacks to their childhood. But Nina is an unreliable narrator and as time goes on, the narrative becomes even more disturbing and unsettled.

This was a great novel - a bit Gothic, gorgeously written, and with a compelling pace. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen.

4.25 stars
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katiekrug | outras 10 resenhas | Apr 19, 2024 |
This novel, as befits a book often described as 'Gothic', is a disturbing read. Rob and his younger sister, the narrator Cathy, have been abandoned to life in their country house firstly by their mother, who simply went away, and by their father, who became institutionalised. They are in the care of their grandfather, but actually cared for by Kate, their maid, and only friend. The ghastly Miss Gallagher would like to care for Cathy, but Cathy does not care for her. Rob and Cathy, finally, only have each other. I don't want to do a spoiler, so let's leave it there.

Helen Dunmore is mistress of the perfect description. Whether it's a winter garden, a scratchy outdoor coat, a fit of vomiting, or a cool appraisal of a fellow guest at a dance, Dunmore cam mnake you live the moment, feel the sensation. For this alone the book is worth reading. It's an involving and disquieting tale. In the end, I found the concluding chapter or so rushed and unconvincing, compared with the careful narration that had gone previously. But that's no reason not to read the book. Helen Dunmore's always worth it
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Margaret09 | outras 22 resenhas | Apr 15, 2024 |
What a little gem this is. Just four stories - short stories: the whole book only runs to 55 pages. Each one so different, so tender, each one with the capacity to quietly shock. I don't want to say any more. If you pick up this small book, keep it to read at some quiet time when you can savour every word.
Margaret09 | Apr 15, 2024 |
I remember reading this story first by mistake but enjoying it, then picking up the other stories in the series. There was (pun intended) so much depth to it that this story only lasted a few days at the most. Fascinating, fun, ideal read at the time, what's not to like?
sophiesapphire | outras 8 resenhas | Apr 14, 2024 |



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