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‘I was born in December 1952, in Yorkshire, the second of four children. My father was the eldest of twelve, and this extended family has no doubt had a strong influence on my life, as have my own children. In a large family you hear a great many stories. You also come to understand very early that stories hold quite different meanings for different listeners, and can be recast from many viewpoints. Poetry was very important to me from childhood. I began by listening to and learning by heart all kinds of rhymes and hymns and ballads, and then went on to make up my own poems, using the forms I’d heard. Writing these down came a little later. During the 1980s and early 1990s I taught poetry and creative writing, and in the late 1980s I began to publish short stories, and these were the beginning of a breakthrough into fiction. What I had learned of prose technique through the short story gave me the impetus to start writing novels. My first novel for children was published in 1992, and my first novel for adults was published in 1993.’

Born in Yorkshire, Helen Dunmore studied English at York University and taught in Finland for two years before publishing her first poetry. She has worked as a writer, reader, performer and teacher of Poetry and Creative Writing, tutoring many residential writing courses for the Arvon Foundation and taking part in the Poetry Society's Writer in Schools scheme. She has also taught at a number of universities. She reviews fiction and poetry, contributes to arts programmes on BBC radio and has been a judge for many literary awards, including the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Book of the Year award. Her first poetry collection was published in 1983 and she has since been shortlisted for the prestigious TS Eliot Poetry prize. Her first novel for adults, Zennor in Darkness was published in 1993 and she won the inaugural orange Prize for Fiction in 1996. She has written many books for children, the first of which came in 1992. The first book in the Ingo series of novels for children was published in 2005. The second, The Tide Knot (2006), won the Nestle Children’s Book Prize Silver Medal. The third in the Ingo series, The Deep, was published in 2007, and the fourth and final book, The Crossing of Ingo, came out in paperback in 2009. Helen Dunmore is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Glamorgan and the University of Exeter. She was on the Management Committee of the Society of Authors 2002-2005 and was Chair of the Society of Authors 2005-2006. She is married and has a step-son, a son and a daughter.

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The Ingo Chronicles: Stormswept
Helen Dunmore
There's thrilling drama at the heart of this powerful story of the dangerous tug of war between humans and mer-people. When Morveren finds Malin, an injured mer-boy, washed up on the beach of the island she lives on, she is...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/01/2012
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The Crossing of Ingo
Helen Dunmore
The final part of the Ingo quartet. Full of power, passion and politics, The Crossing of Ingo is a thrilling conclusion to the richly imagined and lyrical Ingo quartet. The Crossing of Ingo is the biggest challenge all the young...
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Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2009
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Ingo: The Deep
Helen Dunmore
Third in the Ingo Quartet. Beautiful prose coupled with a storyline that features an intoxicating parallel underwater world inhabited by the Mer people. It's utterly compulsive and the author's talent at creating the unbelievable into the believable is nothing short of immense....
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2008
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A Spell of Winter
Helen Dunmore
Shortlisted for the Best of the Orange Best 2010 by the Orange Prize Youth Panel.Winner of the 1996 Orange Prize for Fiction. This is a marvellous novel about forbidden passions and thwarted love by one of the UK's...
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Format: Paperback | Released 25/10/2007
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Ingo: The Tide Knot
Helen Dunmore
The second in the Ingo quartet. Helen Dunmore has deftly spliced together two very different worlds – the underwater world of Ingo and the world of the land people - in such a way that you are drawn into each...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2007
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This is the first of the Ingo quartet. Helen Dunmore has done what few authors succeed in doing. She's created an absolutely believable mythical world alongside our own. One that makes you want to be there more than anything else,...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 02/05/2006
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