Helen Dunmore

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Dunmore’s novels embody A Spell of Winter and The Siege

Tributes have been paid to the Orange Prize-winning author Helen Dunmore, who has died of most cancers on the age of 64.

Creator Philip Pullman remembered her as “a heat and beneficiant human being”, whereas Tracy Chevalier said she was “a sleek, elegant author and individual.”

Dunmore gained the primary Orange Prize for ladies’s fiction in 1996 for her novel A Spell of Winter.

Writer Penguin Random Home mentioned it was “devastated by the lack of one in every of our best-loved authors”.

Bloodaxe Books, which revealed Dunmore’s first poetry assortment, The Apple Fall in 1983, said it was “immensely saddened” by her passing.

Born within the Yorkshire city of Beverley in 1952, Dunmore additionally wrote books for kids, brief tales and translations.

Her most up-to-date novel, Birdcage Stroll, was revealed in March.

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Baileys Ladies’s Prize for Fiction

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Dunmore was among the many judges of the 2015 Baileys Ladies’s Prize for Fiction

Dunmore was identified with most cancers whereas writing her remaining novel and wrote movingly about her sickness earlier this yr.

“The bottom beneath my ft has by no means been extra unsure,” she wrote in The Guardian. “However what is certain is… there is no such thing as a vagueness about my mortality.

“I could also be ailing however I am additionally heat and sheltered, surrounded by household and associates.”

Dunmore additionally spoke about her sickness on Radio four’s Open Guide, saying she hoped her work can be learn by her family members after her loss of life.

“One of many issues that does please me is that my grandchildren will be capable of get to know me… by way of studying my books,” she told Mariella Frostrup.

Penguin Random Home, who introduced Dunmore’s loss of life, mentioned she was “an inspirational and beneficiant creator” identified for “championing rising voices and different established authors.”

Her editor, Selina Walker, remembered her as “an distinctive individual and an distinctive novelist [with] a legacy of remarkable novels”.

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