Helen Dunmore’s gripping thriller evokes a land ruled by whispers and watchfulness, where betrayal can come from those closest to you.

Leningrad in 1952: a city recovering from war. Andrei, a young hospital doctor, and Anna, a nursery school teacher, are forging a life together. 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 of life and death.

The Man Booker Prize 2010
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Helen Dunmore

Helen Dunmore

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Helen Dunmore, a prolific poet, novelist and writer for children and young adults, died of cancer at 64 in 2017. Her last collection of poetry won the Costa Poetry award posthumously.   
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