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Death of Helen Dunmore

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annis
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Death of Helen Dunmore

Post by annis » Sun June 11th, 2017, 7:22 pm

Just caught up on the fact that British poet and historical novelist, Helen Dunmore, has died. She had been suffering from cancer for some time. A reminder to get on to reading her last historical novel, https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/ ... an-bristol, set in Britol, England at the time of the French Revolution.

Obituary at the "Guardian"
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/ ... e-obituary

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Ludmilla
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Re: Death of Helen Dunmore

Post by Ludmilla » Wed June 14th, 2017, 1:18 pm

I haven't read any of her books, but Exposure is on my wish list. It's inspired by Edith Nesbit's The Railway Children, telling the story of what was going on with their father. May have to look for that one sooner rather than later.

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Vanessa
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Re: Death of Helen Dunmore

Post by Vanessa » Thu June 15th, 2017, 12:38 pm

Sad news. I've never never read any of her books but have a few on my TBR pile. I will have to dig one out to read.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Re: Death of Helen Dunmore

Post by Kerry » Tue July 18th, 2017, 10:10 pm

Very sad about Helen Dunmore. I've read quite a few of her books and remember hearing her at a book reading of the Great Coat - what I assume is the only ghost story she's ever written. The poem she wrote before her death, thankful for her life, moved me to tears. I'm looking forward to reading Birdcage Walk.

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Re: Death of Helen Dunmore

Post by athome » Thu July 20th, 2017, 6:49 am

What a loss! RIP

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