Ingo: The Tide Knot by Helen Dunmore
  

Ingo: The Tide Knot

Written by Helen Dunmore
Part of the The Ingo Chronicles Series

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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 so compellingly. Her writing is lyrical and light and the characters are vividly drawn and you can almost feel the tension as the story progresses. Her storytelling is supreme and she evokes a wondrous feeling of time and place. Although this is a sequel to Ingo, The Tide Knot stands alone in its own right as a book that children and adults can’t fail to enjoy. It has also just been shortlisted for the Nestle Children’s Book Award in the 9-11 age range.

To read the series in order start with Ingo then The Tide Knot (which won the Nestle Children’s Book Prize Silver Medal) then The Deep and end with The Crossing of Ingo.

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Synopsis

Ingo: The Tide Knot by Helen Dunmore

The world of Ingo is once again brought to life in Helen Dunmore's newest spellbinding sequel "The Tide Knot." "There's a current racing ahead, the colour of the darkest blue velvet. We plunge forward. The current is so strong that it crushes me. I'm jolting, juddering, struggling in its grip, but I can't break away. It's got me, like a cat with a bird in its claws." Sapphy, Conor and their mum have moved away from the cottage by the cove - away from the memories of their father, who disappeared two years ago - to the nearby town of St Pirans. Ever since, Sapphy has felt withdrawn and restless; she can't adjust to her new home and new life, and can't suppress the memories of her father and his mysterious disappearance. Unhappy in the world of Air, Sapphy finds herself increasingly drawn to the underwater world of Ingo and to her Mer friend, Faro. There she makes new friends: Faro's powerful, wise teacher, Saldowr, the dolphins, a whale and even sharks. But Ingo is becoming a more dangerous place. Although Conor senses this and pleads with Sapphy to stay away from Ingo, he cannot get through to her.;And as Ingo grows in power both Sapphy and Conor are called to its depths to take on the might of Ingo's tides!

Reviews

Praise for The Tide Knot:

"Intensely compelling! gorgeous." Amanda Craig, The Times

"Dunmore's graceful style is what makes the unbelievable believable!" The Independent on Sunday

"Like the ocean itself, this book is deep and strange and marvellous." Nial MacMonagle, The Irish Times

"This is a wonderful fantasy story!" Jan Winter,

Praise for Ingo:

"Ingo has a haunting, dangerous beauty all of its own." Philip Ardagh, Guardian

"The electric thrill of swimming with dolphins, of racing along currents, and of leaving the world of reason and caution behind are described with glorious intensity." Amanda Craig, The Times

"Compellingly lyrical." Independent

"Helen Dunmore may have a few drowned readers on her conscience, so enticing and believable is the underwater world she creates in Ingo." Telegraph

"Helen Dunmore is an exceptional and versatile writer and she writes with a restrained, sensual grace." Observer

"A remarkable fantasy! It's a haunting, beautifully written book which creates a totally believable parallel world." Northern Echo

"Ingo is an intoxicating adventure! Wonderful, evocative storytelling." Publishing News

Praise for The Deep:

"Dunmore's writing, steeped in maritime legends, is exquisite. The descriptions of plunging 'sleek and fast as a seal' through turquoise water into the rich blue-purple that lies beneath are gorgeous. The Deep is sophisticated and supple." The Daily Telegraph

"Dunmore's series is written in a sensual, descriptive prose that evokes the watery kingdom with conviction. Characters are clear-cut and written with exuberance." Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times Culture

"Dunmore appears to be able to turn her hand to any genre and transform it with her golden touch, making it wholly compulsive and convincing." Glasgow Herald

About the Author

Helen Dunmore

A message from the author:
‘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.’

BIOGRAPHY
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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Format

Paperback
352 pages
Interest Age: From 10

Author

Helen Dunmore
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Author's Website

www.helendunmore.com/

Publisher

Harpercollins Publishers

Publication date

1st May 2007

ISBN

9780007464111

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