Talking to the Dead

Talking to the Dead

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By (author) Helen Dunmore

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 18mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 25 October 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141033592
  • ISBN 13: 9780141033594
  • Illustrations note: no pictures
  • Sales rank: 276,002

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Talking to the Dead is bestselling author Helen Dunmore's fourth novel. There's nothing closer than sisters...Unloved by their distant mother, Isabel and Nina cemented their bond in childhood when tragedy struck the family. Many yeas later, with the difficult birth of Isabel's first child, it is Nina who comes to stay and help out her older sister. But Nina has other, important reasons for being under her sister's roof - not least of these is Isabel's husband, Richard. The tragedy that drew two sisters together so many years ago still has the power to wrench them apart..."A writer of quiet deadly power ...it takes two paragraphs to hook you. Don't resist". (Time Out). "Dunmore's capacity for hauntingly psychological storytelling is on brilliant display". (Sunday Times). "Flies off the page, startling the reader with its brilliance". (Financial Times). 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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By Coenraad Heijdemann 02 Sep 2010 5

A compelling and intriguing story that you will want to read all the way through in one go!

The author is very adept at describing both the present and the past, carefully explaining both in step-by-step process that keeps the reader spellbound and allows him to discover ever more clues about what has been going on in the lives of two sisters and their deceased family members, working up to an interesting climax in the last chapters.

A complex web of relationships is woven, there is sisterly love but also suspicion, there is forbidden physical love - with very explicit language used.

I couldn't put this down.

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Thrilling...a book to read in one enthralled sitting The Times Helen Dunmore is a writer of quiet, deadly power...this is taut, committed writing at its best, and it takes about two paragraphs to hook you. Don't resist Daily Mail Talking to the Dead flies off the page, startling the reader with its brilliance Financial Times This is a memorable and assured work Sunday Times