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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 Orphans; Counting the Stars and The Betrayal which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She is also a poet, children's novelist and short-story writer.

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A Tolstoyan epic of love and war; life and death...she writes beautifully * Sunday Telegraph *
Remarkable, affecting...there are few more interesting stories than this; and few writers who could have told it better * Rachel Cusk, Daily Telegraph *
Utterly convincing. A deeply moving account of two love stories in terrible circumstances. The story of their struggle to survive appears simple, as all great literature should...A world-class novel * Antony Beevor, The Times *
Literary writing of the highest order set against a background of suffering so intimately reconstructed it is hard to believe that Dunmore was not there * Sunday Telegraph *
A remarkable parable of human survival against the odds * Mail on Sunday *
In this wise, humane and beautifully written novel she has written a masterpiece * Independent *
A searing historical novel. Dunmore vividly evokes the unbelievable cold, privations and violence as people struggle to survive...an extraordinary description of the horrors of the time * Sunday Express *
An important as well as a thrilling work of art * Independent on Sunday *
A moving and powerful novel in which Dunmore employs all her celebrated descriptive and narrative skills...beautiful * Daily Mail *
A harrowing, urgent narrative of cold, starvation and the battle to survive * Sunday Times *
A Tolstoyan epic of love and war; life and death...she writes beautifully * Sunday Telegraph *
Remarkable, affecting...there are few more interesting stories than this; and few writers who could have told it better -- Rachel Cusk * Daily Telegraph *
Utterly convincing. A deeply moving account of two love stories in terrible circumstances. The story of their struggle to survive appears simple, as all great literature should...A world-class novel -- Antony Beevor * The Times *
Literary writing of the highest order set against a background of suffering so intimately reconstructed it is hard to believe that Dunmore was not there -- Richard Overy * Sunday Telegraph *
A remarkable parable of human survival against the odds * Mail on Sunday *
In this wise, humane and beautifully written novel she has written a masterpiece * Independent *
A searing historical novel. Dunmore vividly evokes the unbelievable cold, privations and violence as people struggle to survive...an extraordinary description of the horrors of the time * Sunday Express *
An important as well as a thrilling work of art * Independent on Sunday *
A moving and powerful novel in which Dunmore employs all her celebrated descriptive and narrative skills...beautiful * Daily Mail *

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