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Helen Dunmore has published eight novels with Viking and Penguin: Zennor in Darkness, which won the McKitterick Prize; Burning Bright; A Spell of Winter, which won the Orange Prize; Talking to the Dead; Your Blue-Eyed Boy; With Your Crooked Heart, and The Siege, which was shortlisted for the 2001 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award and for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2002; and Mourning Ruby. She is also a poet, children's novelist and short-story writer.


Outstanding, a sheer pleasure to read. Dunmore is a remarkable storyteller * Daily Mail * Part love story, part tragedy . . . Dunmore on dazzling form. Everyone should read her work * Independent on Sunday * Every character is richly drawn and makes for compelling reading ... top-quality fiction * Daily Express * Richly ambitious . . . there isn't a dull page. A remarkable achievement * Scotsman * Extraordinary . . . combines a luminous delicacy of observation with raw emotional power to haunting effect * Sunday Telegraph * Vivid and exciting . . . Dunmore creates a beautiful sense of stillness . . . she conveys a passion for Finland's icy landscape * Observer * Beautifully written . . . a story about us all * Evening Standard *

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