Helen Dunmore Short Story Collection to be Published Posthumously

By January 7, 2018Authors, New Releases

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.

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Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology was released in February of last year and brought the world of Norse mythology to life for readers around the world. Gaiman recently took to Twitter to broadcast a live video where he revealed the paperback cover for Norse Mythology, and it looks pretty darn epic! Read More

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Last year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter series, Bloomsbury released special editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, four different editions, one for each of the Hogwarts Houses. The books were met with glee from fans, and sold so well that Bloomsbury has announced that the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, House Editions, are coming this year. Read More

Bill Clinton and James Patterson Co-Write ‘The President is Missing’

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Yes, ‘that’ Bill Clinton

James Patterson has been collaborating on novels with other writers for a while now, in fact it’s fast becoming his trademark, so hearing he’s worked on another collaboration isn’t really a surprise.

The shocking news here is that this collaboration sees him work with ex-president of the United States, Bill Clinton in a novel about a fictional president going missing. Read More

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Last night, the book’s author tweeted “Here we go. You can buy it (and read it) tomorrow. Thank you, Mr President.” Read More

Segregated Travel Guides Published in the Last Century for African-American Travellers are Being Republished

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The Negro Motorist Green Books were a series of travel guides published by postal worker Victor Hugo Green from the 1930’s to the 1960’s, when civil rights laws brought about an end to legal segregation. The books informed travellers as to where they could find places that would allow black people to sleep, eat, and shop. The books went out of publication after the 60s and were all but forgotten about, until they were recently rediscovered and reprinted for modern readers.

The first Green Book was published in 1936 and served to help black travelers in the United States find services that would be open to them and also advised on the accepted custom for black people in different areas. The book’s tagline, “Carry your Green Book with you … you may need it,” serves as both good advice and as a warning of the intolerance of many white people. Read More



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