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.

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Then all of a sudden the story turns into VC Andrews meets romance pulp fiction.

In a large family you hear a great many stories. Written in an implicating second-person, it tells the story of children the makers of “the malarkey” of the title who are “gone”. A Spell of Winter takes you back to a different time with different social rules.

I’ve even written a few myself. Her mother has abandoned her and her father loses his mind, and she and her beloved brother must live with their eccentric, troubled grandfather. But it is wholly believable and can be uplifting at times while also terribly sad and full of despair.

And it frees od to layer on the suspense and narrative drama — to create lots of worlds, real and unreal, and move into them.


Apr 06, Theresa Leone Davidson rated it liked it. Yet she does not help herself to reach beyond the chill of her li This is a strange, haunting story of forbidden love, abandoned families and loneliness. A Spell of Oc by Helen Dunmore.


All these different disciplines — fiction, poetry, short stories she’s published four collections to speplchildren’s novels — do they come from the same place? Our essential everyday identity is still humming along. But a large part of her brilliance as a writer is in the way she offsets harrowing issues with a deep, sensual attention to the material world. Sep 26, Kathy rated it it was ok Shelves: They are being raised dunmord their Grandfather and an Irish maid who is about a decade their elder, Kate.

Not surprised it won Orange Prize all those years ago.

A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore

Dunmore herself a mother of two seems to find the possibility of such a loss magnetic: Hardcoverpages. I was born in Decemberin Yorkshire, the second of four children. The setting was idyllic, but the experience was, by all accounts, extremely trying: However, as their love for each other oversteps boundaries, the siblings’ relationship becomes chaotic as the state of the outside world heading for World War I.

The father went insane, the mother abandoned her children, the belen becomes inept, the maid wastes away and begins looking toward her charge for intimacyand the siblings begin a sexual affair. Books by Helen Dunmore. And creepy in the way only Gothic novels really can be. Originally, I was drawn into Dunmore’s writing style as it creates definite ambiance – think Jane Eyre.

This page was last edited on 14 Augustat Maybe because I have no brothers and thus no frame of reference to get suitably skeeved out by it. Again, like a flood of icy water, I see her not staying by me, not watching my body grow tall alongside hers, not measuring my head as it comes to her shoulder, her chin, her eyes.


Fiction in which people seem unaware of the sensory world which envelops them — after a while, I feel baffled by it; it’s too thin. Dubmore felt like I was inside the head of the main character, Cathy.

Tiny unicorns ran on a background which was the colour of woods in April as tree after tree lights into leaf Please help improve this article nelen adding citations to reliable sources. They’re raised by their grandfather and no nonsense maid, Katie. The story does skip ahead in places and leaves out the previous few months of events, leaving the reader to ‘fill in the blanks’ but of course that is what they are blanks. A house dies as quickly as a body” The characters themselves, though, are not finely drawn and I had trouble distinguishing them or picturing them clearly in my mind.

I began to think I could be a poet in the public world. There is a good reason for the presence of every word.