The Greatcoat (2012)
In the summer of 1954, newlywed Isabel Carey arrives in a Yorkshire town with her husband Philip. As a GP he spends much of his time working, while Isabel tries hard to adjust to the realities of married life. Isabel feels out-of-place and constantly judged by the people around her, including her landlady, so she spends much of her time alone.
One cold winter night when her husband is out on call, Isabel finds an old RAF greatcoat in the back of a cupboard that she uses to help keep warm. Once wrapped in the coat she sleeps and is beset by dreams. She wakes to hear a knock at her window, and to meet for the first time the intense gaze of a young Air Force pilot, handsome and blue-eyed, staring in at her from outside.
His name is Alec, and his powerfully haunting presence both disturbs and excites Isabel. Her initial alarm soon fades, and they begin a delicious affair. Isabel gets lost in Alec and starts to question what is real and what is not.
Eloquent and beautifully chilling, The Greatcoat is a haunting story which will get under your skin and make your heart pound.
The Greatcoat is a terrifyingly atmospheric ghost story from prize-winning author Helen Dunmore. It will be followed later in the year by original works from Jeanette Winterson, Melvin Burgess and Tim Lebbon.
Helen Dunmore was born in Yorkshire in 1952. She has published eight novels with Penguin, including: Zennor in Darkness, which won the McKitterick Prize; A Spell of Winter, which won the Orange Prize; The Siege, which was shortlisted for the 2001 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award and for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2002; Mourning Ruby, House of Orphans and Counting the Stars. She is also a poet, children's novelist and short-story writer. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and current Chair of the Society of Authors. She lives in Bristol.
4 January 2012, Helen Dunmore's The Greatcoat published 2nd February
Published in hardback on 2nd February by Hammer, The Greatcoat is a terrifyingly atmospheric ghost story from prize-winning author Helen Dunmore. In...