The Malarkey Paperback – 28 Jun 2012
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What is wonderful is the unusual way her steadiness as a writer serves as a foil to the mysterious. She prefers to show, not tell…The passing of time is crucial in this collection [The Malarkey] and especially its most violent trick of making years disappear in a moment… a collection filled with extraordinary, incorporeal moments and with vanishing acts…The personal poems are superb and anything but self-indulgent. --Kate Kellaway, Observer, Poetry Book of the Month
Her latest collection [The Malarkey] is a clear-eyed, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, meditation on time past and people lost…a superbly structured collection in which poems echo and answer each other. --Suzi Feay, Independent on Sunday
This traffic between the everyday and mortality requires a perfect control of tone, neither sententious nor sentimental in this familiar setting… In its uninsistent but authoritative way, The Malarkey is a condition-of-England book, driven by a concern for those who have little purchase on their own lives…The Malarkey is Helen Dunmore's best collection, the work of a grown-up for grown-ups who will remember what in the nature of things they've had to lose and what nevertheless they seek to celebrate. --Sean O'Brien, Guardian
About the Author
Helen Dunmore (1952-2017) was a poet, novelist, short story and children's writer. Her poetry books received a Poetry Book Society Choice and Recommendations, the Alice Hunt Bartlett Award, and the Signal Poetry Award. Bestiary was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize in 1997, and Inside the Wave won the 2017 Costa Poetry Award and went on to be named Costa Book of the Year. She won first prize in the Cardiff International Poetry Competition in 1990 with her poem 'Sisters leaving the dance', and first prize in the National Poetry Competition in 2010 with 'The Malarkey'.
After making her debut with The Apple Fall in 1983, she published all her poetry with Bloodaxe. Her earlier work is available in Out of the Blue: Poems 1975-2001 (2001), which was followed by Glad of These Times (2007), The Malarkey (2012) and Inside the Wave (2017), her tenth and final collection.
She published twelve novels and three books of short stories with Penguin, including A Spell of Winter (1995), winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, Talking to the Dead (1996), The Siege (2001), Mourning Ruby (2003), House of Orphans (2006) and The Betrayal (2010), as well as The Greatcoat (2012) with Hammer, and The Lie (2014), Exposure (2016) and Birdcage Walk (2017) with Hutchinson.
Born in Beverley, Yorkshire, she studied English at York University, and after graduating in 1973 spent two years teaching in Finland before settling in Bristol.
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29 July 2012
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Having heard the Radio 4 programme in which Helen Dunsmore spoke about her book and which concentrated on the particular poem , The Malarkey, I decide to jump in at the deep end and purchase this book. I am so glad I did. This is a great selection of poems, in which words so carefully chosen can be interpreted to leave you empathising and also wondering. Isn't that the beauty of poetry? One can feel that the authoress has experienced life and loss and sets out to understand and accept what is inevitable. Beautifully expressed.The Malarkey
7 January 2013
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I am currently enjoying getting to know this volume of Helen Dunmore's poems. Her poem about night life reminded me that our day world depends on those who work through the night.