Helen Dunmore

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HD first established herself as a poet, but became internationally known as a novelist when she won the Orange Prize in 1996. A prolific writer, she also had considerable success with books for children.
Colour photograph of Helen Dunmore opening the refurbished Henleaze Library in Redland, Bristol. in April 2008. She stands looking to her right with a couple of the audience visible behind her. Her pale blonde hair falls straight along her shoulders, and she wears a silver and zebra-print blouse.
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Milestones

12 December 1952
HD was born at Beverley in Yorkshire, the second of four children.
Who’s Who. Adam and Charles Black, 1849.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
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Dunmore, Helen. Helen Dunmore.
13 March 1995
HD 's next book, the historical novel A Spell of Winter (written while she was pregnant), was felt to have made her reputation.
Blackwell’s Online Bookshop.
Solo: Search Oxford University Libraries Online.
Taylor, Debbie. “Interview with Helen Dunmore”. Mslexia, pp. 39 -40.
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Crown, Sarah. “A Life in Writing”. The Guardian, pp. Review 12 - 13.
Review 13
25 May 2017
Eleven days before she died, HD wrote on her smartphone a poem she called Hold out your arms. She sent it to her publisher, Neil Astley of Bloodaxe, next day.
Kean, Danuta, and Helen Dunmore. “Helen Dunmore’s family reveal poem written in the author’s last days”. theguardian.com.
5 June 2017
HD died of cancer at the age of sixty-four.
Kellaway, Kate. “Helen Dunmore obituary”. theguardian.com.

Biography

Birth and Family

12 December 1952
HD was born at Beverley in Yorkshire, the second of four children.
Who’s Who. Adam and Charles Black, 1849.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
267
Dunmore, Helen. Helen Dunmore.