2017 brought the sad loss of poet and short story writer Helen Dunmore, and since then the author has posthumously collected a Costa Award for her poetry collection Inside the Wave. Now it’s been announced that 2018 will bring another posthumous collection from the author, a collection of short stories called Girl, Balancing, and Other Stories.
The tales were collected by Dunmore’s family shortly after the author’s death at her suggestion and will be published by Hutchinson on June 7th 2018. The collection has been described by her editor Selina Walker as “a wonderful testament to Helen’s skills as a master of the narrative art whether in long or short form”.
The collection of stories explores the balance between familial love, motherhood, friendship and grief and will be the first short story collection from Dunmore in twenty years.
Dunmore was a respected author and poet and news of her death last year was followed by an outpouring of tributes from the literary community, where she was called not just an exceptional person, but an exceptional writer too.
Patrick Dunmore, Helen’s son commented after her death that Helen had loved writing short stories but hadn’t published a set for twenty years. It was her who suggested that Girl, Balancing, and Other Stories was collected together after her death.
While Inside the Wave spoke mostly of Dunmore’s illness, and included a poem written just days before her death, this new collection includes work written over many years and will be an eclectic collection of short stories from a variety of times and settings. While Girl, Balancing and Other Stories doesn’t yet have cover art, it is available for pre-order now in time for that June 7th release.
I don’t know about you, but I am so excited, I placed my pre-order before I came to write this blog.
Don’t let the name of the genre put you off though- young adult is a mere label and does not mean we fully grown and ‘mature’ (hahahah) crowd cannot read them too.
Check out the list below- something may grab your fancy.
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