Helen Dunmore


Sunday 18 September 2016

Helen Dunmore
Exposure, Helen Dunmore

‘It isn’t what you know or don’t know: it’s what you allow yourself to know. I understand this now…’

Set in London in late 1960, Exposure is a masterful thriller that captures the mood, tension and paranoia of the Cold War perfectly. Spy fever fills the newspapers and when a sensitive file goes missing, Simon Callington is accused of passing information to the Soviets and arrested. His wife Lily suspects that his imprisonment is part of an elaborate cover-up by the establishment, and that she must fight to protect her whole family. What she will learn is that no-one is immune from betrayal or the devastating consequences of secrets and lies. Described as ‘a marvellous piece of seamless storytelling’ by Penelope Lively, Exposure is a compelling and atmospheric novel that’s been praised as Dunmore’s finest to date.

A prolific novelist, poet and writer, Helen Dunmore’s bestselling novels include Zennor in Darkness, A Spell of Winter, The Lie and The Siege. Her work has been translated into over 30 languages and she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She grew up in the Cold War era and remains fascinated by the period, its drama and politics.

Helen will be in conversation with author and broadcaster Erica Wagner.