Inside the Wave (Paperback)
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Paperback 72 Pages / Published: 27/04/2017
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Inside the Wave is Helen Dunmore’s final, magnificent book of poems. The Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2017, it is a tender collection, embracing life at its most epic and its most intimate.

Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2017

Winner of the 2017 Costa Book Awards Poetry Award

To be alive is to be inside the wave, always travelling until it breaks and is gone.

'We all felt this is a modern classic; a fantastic collection, life affirming and uplifting. The poems carry powerful messages that speak to all of us.' - Wendy Holden, Chair of the final Costa Book Awards judges

These poems are concerned with the borderline between the living and the dead - the underworld and the human living world - and the exquisitely intense being of both.

They possess a spare, eloquent lyricism as they explore the bliss and anguish of the voyage.

Inside the Wave was Helen Dunmore's final collection, following The Malarkey (2012), whose title poem won the National Poetry Competition.

Her other books include Glad of These Times (2007), and Out of the Blue: Poems 1975-2001 (2001), a comprehensive selection drawing on seven previous collections.

Her final poem, 'Hold out your arms', was written shortly before her death and not included in the first edition of Inside the Wave; this revised edition includes that work.

Helen Dunmore’s pen must have barely rested after her first novel, Zennor in Darkness, was published in 1993. An extraordinarily prolific writer, she won the inaugural Orange Prize for Fiction for her second novel A Spell of Winter and her other bestselling fiction included the novels The SiegeThe Betrayal and ExposureBirdcage Walk was her last novel. Dunmore also wrote books for children and YA readers, including the novels that form the Ingo Chronicles. She was also an award-winning poet and her final collection, written in the months leading up to her death, Inside the Wave, is both a meditation on mortality and a celebration of life in all its strange and wonderful richness. 

Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781780373584
Number of pages: 72
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm


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We all felt this is a modern classic; a fantastic collection, life-affirming and uplifting. The poems carry powerful messages that speak to all of us. -- Wendy Holden * Chair of Judges, Costa Book of the Year 2017 *
An astonishing set of poems - a final, great achievement. -- Moniza Alvi, Kiran Millwood Hargrave & Nick Wroe * Costa Poetry Award judges *
Inside the Wave shows us not only what it is to be alive, but what it is like to be alive and to be mortal. It is a very special book indeed. -- Moniza Alvi * The Guardian *

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Martha Greengrass

“A Last Masterpiece from A Rare Talent”

As someone who has been a fan of Helen Dunmore’s work, both her novels and her poetry, this final collection is a bittersweet gift; a perfect reminder of what a great talent Dunmore was and what a legacy of wonderful... More

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