Helen Dunmore wins
posthumous Costa Award
for Inside the Wave


After winning the poetry category, Helen Dunmore is in the running to become the second posthumous winner of the Costa book of the year award for her final collection, Inside the Wave – which was written in the last weeks of her life.

Dunmore, who died in June 2017 aged 64, wrote 10 poetry collections and 12 novels. Inside the Wave considers her terminal cancer diagnosis and impending death. It includes the poem Hold out your arms, written 10 days before she died. In it she imagines death as a mother:

“You push back my hair 
– Which could do with a comb
But never mind –
You murmur
‘We’re nearly there.’”

The judges called the collection “a final, great achievement”.

Her son Patrick Charnley said the family was thrilled by her win, and added: “I know she would be, too.”

Full details can be found here: www.theguardian.com//helen-dunmore-wins-posthumous-costa-award-for-collection-inside-the-wave