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Helen Dunmore is a British poet, novelist and children’s writer. Educated at the University of York, she now lives in Bristol. She has won many awards for her fiction and also for her poetry. Dunmore is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
Synopsis The Betrayal
Leningrad in 1952: a city recovering from war, where Andrei, a young doctor and Anna, a school teacher, are forging a life together. Summers at the dacha, preparations for the hospital ball, work and the care of 16-year-old Kolya fill their minds. They try hard to avoid coming to the attention of the authorities, but even so their happiness is precarious. Stalin is still in power, and the Ministry for State Security has new targets in its sights. When Andrei has to treat the seriously ill child of a senior secret police officer he finds himself and his family caught in an impossible game – for in a land ruled by whispers and watchfulness, betrayal can come from those closest to you.
” It takes the skill of a very superior novelist to make the unimaginable real. Dunmore is just such a novelist: brave, tender and with a unique gift for immersing the reader in the taste, smell and fear of a story.” Independent
“‘[She is] one of this country’s most accomplished literary talents’ Daily Telegraph
‘Beautifully fulfils the highest function of a storyteller – to make you wonder what will happen next… electrifying’ Sunday Times”
“Dunmore’s ability to integrate the reader so seamlessly into her narrative is masterful. This is a powerful novel, one that has stuck in my mind since I finished reading it. The Betrayal is perfect for book clubs and is sure to be a favourite with people who enjoy historical or literary fiction ” Book Browse