Books by Helen Dunmore

BIRDCAGE WALK by Helen Dunmore
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Middling Dunmore, but middling Dunmore is still damn fine. Her death at 64 is a real loss."
Published posthumously, the final novel from prolific and genre-hopping Dunmore (Exposure, 2016, etc.) explores the impact of the French Revolution on 1790s England within the context of a gothic romance set in Bristol, where the author herself lived and wrote. Read full book review >
EXPOSURE by Helen Dunmore
Released: April 5, 2016

"This subtle, off-kilter foray into John le Carré territory—a chilling, thoughtful, deeply romantic drama about the collateral damage suffered by those on the periphery of world events—displays Dunmore's gifts as one of today's most elegant and versatile storytellers."
Prolific British author Dunmore, who has published poetry, children's literature, and a range of adult fiction (The Lie, 2014, etc.), shifts gears yet again with this Cold War-era spy drama. Read full book review >
THE LIE by Helen Dunmore
Released: April 1, 2014

"Dunmore's crystalline prose is almost too good; the pain she describes is often unbearable to read, yet the emotional power resonates, and Daniel is impossible to forget."
Orange Prize winner (A Spell of Winter, 2001) Dunmore, whose prolific output ranges from grim realism (The Siege, 2002) to spellbinding fantasy (The Greatcoat, 2012), offers the heartbreaking internal struggle of a young soldier adjusting to life at home after World War I. Read full book review >
THE GREATCOAT by Helen Dunmore
Released: Oct. 5, 2012

"The slight tale crumbles under too much scrutiny but beautifully expresses emotional longing in ways both natural and supernatural."
After a grimly realistic portrayal of postwar East Berlin in The Betrayal (2010), Dunmore offers up an eerie story about postwar England that may, or may not, be a ghost story. Read full book review >
THE BETRAYAL by Helen Dunmore
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Fictional drama blends seamlessly, if painfully, with factual history in this historical fiction of the highest order."
In her sequel to The Siege (2002, etc.), Dunmore returns to Leningrad in 1952, compressing the anxiety and terror of the postwar Stalinist years into the intimate details of one family's crisis. Read full book review >
THE TIDE KNOT by Helen Dunmore
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"The fantastic journey undertaken by both teenagers reveals them as worthy heroes in a promising adventure in a foreign land (and sea). (Fiction. 10-14)"
Often sequels are not as powerful as the original, but this sequel to Ingo (2006), a British fantasy import, seems, at times, to be far more gripping than its franchise leader, with tense plot points cooled by more temperate but compelling plot points. Read full book review >
INGO by Helen Dunmore
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"A gentle, pleasurable read. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Merfolk and the stories about them pervade Cornwall, the seaside community where Sapphire and her older brother, Conor, live. Read full book review >
MOURNING RUBY by Helen Dunmore
Released: March 1, 2004

"The layered narrative somewhat muffles the impact of Rebecca's emotional death and rebirth, but Dunmore's eighth novel still offers plenty of incidental pleasures."
Award-winning British novelist Dunmore (Ice Cream, 2003, etc.) tracks the rollercoaster ride of a young woman from nothingness to identity, a journey she is fated to repeat. Read full book review >
ICE CREAM by Helen Dunmore
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"It doesn't always happen, but whenever the commonplace and the sublime pair here, the result is absorbing."
Sly digs at society's failings alternate with roundhouse swats while beauty and mystery hover nearby, in a wide-ranging collection of 18 stories by acclaimed British novelist Dunmore (The Siege, 2002; etc.). Read full book review >
A SPELL OF WINTER by Helen Dunmore
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Romantic turmoil, but every square inch done with a sharp exactness of eye, word, and detail that give it the pleasures of a Merchant and Ivory on the page."
British Orange Prize-winning Dunmore (With Your Crooked Heart, 2000, etc.) mixes the spirits of T. Hardy, E. Bronte, and D. H. Lawrence to offer up a country tale of loss, madness, and deep secrecy—all with a vividness that's luscious and unflagging. Read full book review >
THE SIEGE by Helen Dunmore
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

A small knot of people fight to survive the Nazi siege of Leningrad in a book that feels more like history than it does like a novel. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"With scenes vividly detailed to an astounding degree, these tangled lives, troubled and darkly fulfilling as they are, prove to be utterly absorbing."
British Orange Prize—winning novelist Dunmore adds to a reputation for psychologically complex and brilliantly nuanced thrillers (Your Blue-Eyed Boy, 1998; Talking to The Dead, 1997) with this tale of two brothers, one driven to succeed, the other to fail, and of the woman whose affections they shared and the daughter who looked to them all for love. Read full book review >
YOUR BLUE-EYED BOY by Helen Dunmore
Released: June 1, 1998

"A haunting and psychologically dense exploration, then, that reads as effortlessly as a standard-issue thriller."
Dunmore follows the sure-handed Talking to the Dead (1997) with a complex and resonant portrait of a woman's bruising confrontation with her past. Read full book review >
TALKING TO THE DEAD by Helen Dunmore
Released: June 1, 1997

"Sophisticated, sensual, frightening, and remarkably visual: a first-rate debut."
The story of two sisters who may have had a hand in their brother's death, British writer Dunmore's first novel to be published in the US, combines the suspense of a Hitchcock thriller with a captivating family drama. Read full book review >