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    DescriptionIn the winter of 1952, Isabel Carey moves to the East Riding of Yorkshire with her husband Philip, a GP. With Philip spending long hours on call, Isabel finds herself isolated and lonely as she strives to adjust to the realities of married life. Woken by intense cold one night, she discovers an old RAF greatcoat hidden in the back of a cupboard. Sleeping under it for warmth, she starts to dream. And not long afterwards, while her husband is out, she is startled by a knock at her window. Outside is a young RAF pilot, waiting to come in. His name is Alec, and his powerful presence both disturbs and excites her. Her initial alarm soon fades, and they begin an intense affair. But nothing has prepared her for the truth about Alec's life, nor the impact it will have on hers...


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    Title
    The Greatcoat
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Helen Dunmore
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 198 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099564942
    ISBN 10: 0099564947
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: HOR
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.4
    BIC subject category V2: FK
    Libri: ENGL3010
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Libri: ENGM1030
    BISAC V2.8: FIC012000, FIC015000, FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FK
    Publisher
    Cornerstone
    Imprint name
    Hammer
    Publication date
    04 February 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Helen Dunmore is an internationally acclaimed writer whose works include novels, poetry, short stories and writing for children. She has won the Orange Prize for A Spell of Winter, the McKitterick Prize and first prize in the National Poetry Competition; she has also been shortlisted for both the T S Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Novel Award. Her books have been translated into twenty-eight languages, and she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. The Greatcoat is her first ghost story.
    Review quote
    "You won't find plastic fangs or Dulux blood in Helen Dunmore's perfect little ghost story ... Dunmore conveys a shivery menace and concealed tragedy; this is the most elegant literary flesh-creeper since Susan Hill's The Woman in Black." The Times "This is a haunting and exquisitely crafted tale where the line between the real and the imaginary becomes blurred." Glamour "The Greatcoat is a well-written ghost story that observes the traditions of the genre without subsiding into pastiche ... Dunmore uses motifs and themes as a kind of Greek chorus ... these are subtly deployed, and enhance the atmosphere in this disturbing, thoughtful novel." The Literary Review "An atmospheric and accomplished ghost story." Woman & Home "A taut, elegantly written ghost story. Wielding her skill at bringing history to life in the small, dismal details of the post-war period, and showing off her talents as a poet in her mesmerising depiction of possession, Dunmore is on fine form here." The Sunday Times
    Back cover copy
    'There was a man outside the window. An everyday figure, safe as houses, but her heart clenched in fear. It was the look on his face: recognition, a familiarity so deep he didn't have to say a word. But she'd never seen him before in her life.' It is the winter of 1952, and Isabel Carey is struggling to adjust to the realities of married life in Yorkshire. Isolated and lonely, she is also intensely cold. And her husband - a doctor - is rarely home. And then one night she discovers an old RAF greatcoat in the back of a cupboard. She puts it on her bed for warmth - and is startled by a knock at her window. Outside is a young man. A pilot. And he wants to come in ... 'Taut and elegantly written' Sunday Times 'Atmospheric and accomplished' Woman & Home 'Haunting and exquisitely crafted' Glamour 'A perfect ghost story' Independent on Sunday