Girl, Balancing & Other Stories
  • Girl, Balancing & Other Stories

  • Helen Dunmore

    'Wisdom and wit shine out from Helen Dunmore’s last stories' The Times

    'It was her emotional concision that made her so exceptional, a quality on ample display in these posthumous short stories ... some absolute gems' Mail on Sunday

    'I couldn’t recommend these stories more.' Evening Standard
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    Haunting, uplifting, beautiful: the final work from Helen Dunmore

    Helen Dunmore passed away in June 2017, leaving behind this remarkable collection of short stories. With her trademark imagination and gift for making history human, she explores the fragile ties between passion, love, family, friendship and grief, often through people facing turning points in their lives:

    A girl alone, stretching her meagre budget to feed herself, becomes aware that the young man who has come to see her may not be as friendly as he seems.

    Two women from very different backgrounds enjoy an unusual night out, finding solace in laughter and an unexpected friendship.

    A young man picks up his infant son and goes outside into a starlit night as he makes a decision that will inform the rest of his life.

    A woman imprisoned for her religion examines her faith in a seemingly literal and quietly original way.

    This brilliant collection of Helen Dunmore’s short fiction, replete with her penetrating insight into the human condition, is certain to delight and move all her readers.

Helen Dunmore has published nine novels with Penguin: Zennor in Darkness, which won the McKitterick Prize; Burning Bright; A Spell of Winter, which won the Orange Prize; Talking to the Dead; Your Blue-Eyed Boy; With Your Crooked Heart; The Siege, which was shortlisted for the 2001 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award and for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2002; Mourning Ruby and House of Orphans. She is also a poet, children’s novelist and short-story writer.