• A marvellous novel about forbidden passions and the terrible consequences of thwarted love. Dunmore is one of the finest English writers

    Daily Mail
  • A hugely involving story which often stops you in your tracks with the beauty of its writing

  • An electrifying and original talent, a writer whose style is characterized by a lyrical, dreamy intensity

  • Tense, dark and intensely gripping . . . written so seductively that passages sing out from the page

    Sunday Times
  • Her prose is poetic in its emotional range and intensity

  • Unsettling love and stifled horror create and then destroy the claustrophobic world of this lush, literary Gothic set in turn-of-the-century England. In true Gothic fashion, terror, violence and eroticism collect beneath every dark surface. . . . A finely crafted, if disturbing, literary page-turner

    Publishers Weekly
  • It bears the distinctive lyrical beauty of its predecessors . . . Helen Dunmore is an unusually fine writer. There is a strong and sensuous magic to A Spell of Winter

    Gill Hornby in The Times
  • One of our finest writers

    Philip Pullman
  • Immensely sad, quite beautiful, and deserves to be read by all lovers of good novel

    The Bookseller

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