Girl, Balancing & Other Stories
Helen Dunmore, who died last year, was a very fine author indeed: whether writing adult fiction, poetry, or children's books her touch was always sure, her prose supple, intelligent and moving. I haven't had the chance to read these stories yet, but undoubtedly will. Meantime, here's what her publisher says about them: '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.' Recommending a book one hasn't read can be a potentially dangerous thing, but with this one I'm quite confident in doing so.