A Spell of Winter

A Spell of Winter

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By (author) Helen Dunmore

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 24mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 25 October 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141033584
  • ISBN 13: 9780141033587
  • Illustrations note: no pictures
  • Sales rank: 207,391

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Bestselling author Helen Dunmore's third novel, "A Spell of Winter" won the 1996 Orange Prize. Catherine and her brother, Rob, don't know why they have been abandoned by their parents. Incarcerated in the enormous country house of their grandfather - 'the man from nowhere' - they create a refuge against their family's dark secrets, and against the outside world as it moves towards the First World War. As time passes, their sibling love deepens and crosses into forbidden territory. But they are not as alone in the house as they believe ..."A marvellous novel about forbidden passions and the terrible consequences of thwarted love. Dunmore is one of the finest English writers". ("Daily Mail"). "A hugely involving story which often stops you in your tracks with the beauty of its writing". ("Observer"). "An electrifying and original talent, a writer whose style is characterized by a lyrical, dreamy intensity". ("Guardian"). Helen Dunmore has published eleven novels with 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"; "The Siege", which was shortlisted for the 2001 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award and for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2002; "Mourning Ruby"; "House of Orphan"; "Counting the Stars" and "The Betrayal", which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010. She is also a poet, children's novelist and short-story writer.

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Helen Dunmore has published nine novels with 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; The Siege, which was shortlisted for the 2001 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award and for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2002; Mourning Ruby and House of Orphans. She is also a poet, children's novelist and short-story writer.

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A marvellous novel about forbidden passions Daily Mail An intensely gripping book...written so seductively that some passages sing out from the page, like music for the eyes Sunday Times A hugely involving story which often stops you in your tracks with the beauty of its writing Observer An electrifying and original talent, a writer whose style is characterized by a lyrical, dreamy intensity Guardian