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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Not really, she says: Food is a particular source of delight.

I waffled between three and four stars for this one: Cathy and her brother, Rob, have forged a passionate refuge against the terror of loneliness and family secrets, but their sibling love becomes fraught with danger.

This book is beautifully atmospheric. However, dunmkre beginning quickly disabused me of those notions, as it started with a description of a decaying body being carried clumsily down stairs, and moved on to Well, this book wasn’t what Spelk expected at all.

During the s and early s I taught poetry and creative writing, tutored residential writing courses for the Arvon Foundation and took part in the Poetry Society’s Writer in Schools scheme, as well as giving readings and workshops in schools, hospitals, prisons and every other kind of place where a poem could conceivably be gy.

I felt like I was inside the head of the main character, Cathy.

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She did win the Orange Prize for the novel. This book won the inaugural Orange Prize for Fiction and I believe it’s deserving.

A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore

We have our social rituals and literary prizes are one of them. Dunmore won it, Penguin immediately offered her a two-book deal, and after that the fiction, which had taken so long to surface, poured forth — a novel annually for the next four years.

Removed from the artificial construct of society, everything returns to the basics of sex and death. It was something we lugged about, as heavy as a sack of rotting apples. Dunmore doet me op die manier aan Nicci Gerard denken, hoewel in dit boek het verhaal veel meer plaats inneemt.

Want to Read saving…. You find yourself wanting the incestuous relationship to be dynmore success, but all the while knowing that there is no way that it can be. But it is wholly believable and can be uplifting at times while also terribly sad and full of despair. Views Read Edit View history. Al bij al een heel mooi boek, maar ik blijf achter met het gevoel dat er net iets meer in zat Children are a completely different audience, and I enjoy that.

They’re raised by their nelen and no nonsense maid, Katie.

But, just as the narrator describes how a blanket of snow can protect, the characters find protection from the outside world under the cold crust that the old house forms around them.

However, the beginning quickly disabused me of those notions, as it started with a description of a decaying body being carried clumsily down stairs, and moved on to an epilogue with the protagonist sitting naked inside a smelly old wool coat, crouched in front of a fire inside a deserted and apparently decrepit house in the English countryside, talking about how much she loves to be apart from the rest of mankind and wishes it were always winter.


This book is hard to like, but it’s also hard not to like.

A life in writing: Helen Dunmore

The brush of a shoulder, the touch of his hand, his whistling. To ask other readers questions about A Spell of Winterplease sign up.

This article about a gothic novel of the s is a stub. There was a problem adding your email address. Voor mij een aanrader! Except that nothing is simple with these people. Their relationship begins inside their mother, but without her presence later in their childhood, they become closer still, just as the outside world begins to spe,l their bond.

When Rob returns the trenches beckon with a predictable outcome. This experience of working in many different countries and cultures has been very important to my work. How and why I’m not sure, but it’s always blindingly clear. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. 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.

The details intrigued me: From what you can pick between the lines, hlen poor man went crazy after his wife leaves. Loading comments… Trouble loading? I f I had a difficult time deciding how to rate this book.

At times this makes you wonder if sanity is, well, relative.