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Helen Dunmore

  • Once one habit peels away the others follow it. You have to hold on, or the next thing you'll find yourself parading down the street in your nightdress. Habit is everything.

  • Children will not pretend to be enjoying books, and they will not read books because they have been told that these books are good. They are looking for delight.

    • Helen Dunmore
  • Poets go through a very tough apprenticeship in the use of words.

    • Helen Dunmore
  • The human longing for story is so powerful, so primitive, that it seems like something not learned, but locked into our genes.

    • Helen Dunmore
  • A novel, in the end, is a container, a shape which you are trying to pour your story into.

    • Helen Dunmore,
    • in London Evening Standard ()

Helen Dunmore, English poet, writer

(1952)