A Spell of Winter is a gothic novel by Helen Dunmore, set in England, around the time of World War I. The novel was the first recipient of the Orange Prize. A Spell of Winter: A Novel [Helen Dunmore] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The inaugural winner of England’s prestigious Orange Prize, . “Not many novels grab the reader’s lapels with the opening sentence, but Helen Dunmore’s A Spell of Winter is surely one We plunge.

Author: Vogul Faugul
Country: Benin
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Art
Published (Last): 2 December 2018
Pages: 495
PDF File Size: 6.98 Mb
ePub File Size: 17.32 Mb
ISBN: 396-3-28058-335-5
Downloads: 51924
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Kajikree

She turned the toasting-fork to see how the muffin was browning, then held it up to the fire again. Jan 07, Anne Lovett rated it it was amazing Shelves: The narrative is confusing in places, but it reaches deep inside and churns the emotions, not through melodrama, but an exploration of the inner space of the narrator.

The trouble with this book was that it just plain loses you. I wanted to write about a particular person, a particular time, a particular place.

It was a depressing and claustrophobic read. Wars, repressive regimes and a trail of dead infants: This page was last edited on 14 Augustat There’s something about the way they devour books that’s wonderful; you don’t get many fans of adult fiction sending you beautiful drawings of your characters.

A life in writing: Helen Dunmore

Open Preview See a Problem? Her mother has left the family in the beginning and no reason is really given but you get the feeling she didn’t want to be a wife and mother anymore in the cold, dark house. D I cannot stress how amazingly beautifu The author’s name seemed really familiar to me until I realised I’d been staring at her children’s work for about a year by then, but I hadn’t known she’d written books for adults, too.


She may look remote, but Livvy was as intuitive as a fox” Set at the turn of the 20th Century in the build up to the First World War is tells the story of siblings Catherine and Robert who live in a crumbling country estate with their grandfather, attended by their malicious and yet pathetic tutor Miss Gallagher and ever-reliable Irish maid Kate.

Eliot’s work does not have overt incest it was enough just to hint towards attraction during that time periodbut the close connection of the isolated siblings, the jealousy of the suitors, the “dark” beauty in the pristine society of appearances who is othered like M This book almost got five stars from me.

I see the body of a dead man break into a flower, and the trees of home swaying like arms that have laid down their burdens. House of Orphans was published inand in Counting the Stars.

Bullivant’s study “A very pale, slightly worn rug lay on if floor.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Was Dunmore concerned about being at the centre of the storm; about having her gender called so publicly to attention?

The inaugural winner of England’s prestigious Orange Prize, A Spell of Winter is a compelling turn-of-the-century tale of innocence corrupted by secrecy, and the grace of second chances. He takes to France after the war to be reunited with her mother.

A life in writing: Helen Dunmore | Books | The Guardian

It takes off the pressure. It is is set in Leningrad during the first year of the siege of the city by German forces, which lasted for days from the fall of Mga on 30th August This article about a World War I novel is a stub. This is a most enjoyable book, if not an especially deep one, a sort of Bronte meets Lawrence meets McEwan. The author’s name seemed really familiar to me until I realised I’d been staring at her children’s work for about a year by then, winrer I hadn’t known she’d written books for adults, too.


I’m a big fan of Helen Dunmore’s writing and this book did not disappoint. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.


I’ll tell you what impressed me about it: The book has a haunting, lyrical quality to it that is captivating. Orange Prize for Fiction A Spell of Winter enchants by its poetic, pitch-perfect prose and its near-Gothic journey from dank winter into the sun. It’s Flowers in the Attic with actual attention to developed writing style and a historical time period. She is abandoned many times during her life, but her resilient nature, whether through necessity or tenacity, keeps her going.

dunomre There is one character who seems to escape the decay of winter: You have to be willing to go with the story and immerse yourself in it, but, if you do, the writing is rich and rewarding. I began to travel a great deal within the UK and around the world, for poetry tours and writing residences.

I know authors who say they can’t work unless they’re facing a blank wall; they find the external world too distracting. Her loneliness and her dark search for love lead her to a place which threatens her, and only the coming war seems to break the spell.