Ingo By Helen Dunmore is a Kindle I was born in December in Yorkshire the second of four children My
Ingo By Helen Dunmore is a Kindle I was born in December 1952, in Yorkshire, the second of four children My father was the eldest of twelve, and this extended family has no doubt had a strong influence on my life, as have my own children In a large family you hear a great many stories You also come to understand very early that stories hold quite different meanings for different listeners, and can be recast from many viewpoints.Poetry was very important to me from childhood I began by listening to and learning by heart all kinds of rhymes and hymns and ballads, and then went on to make up my own poems, using the forms I d heard Writing these down came a little later.I studied English at the University of York, and after graduation taught English as a foreign language in Finland.At around this time I began to write the poems which formed my first poetry collection, The Apple Fall, and to publish these in magazines I also completed two novels fortunately neither survives, and it was than ten years before I wrote another novel.During this time I published several collections of poems, and wrote some of the short stories which were later collected in Love of Fat Men I began to travel a great deal within the UK and around the world, for poetry tours and writing residences This experience of working in many different countries and cultures has been very important to my work I reviewed poetry for Stand and Poetry Review and later for The Observer, and subsequently reviewed fiction for The Observer, The Times and The Guardian My critical work includes introductions to the poems of Emily Bront , the short stories of D H Lawrence and F Scott Fitzgerald, a study of Virginia Woolf s relationships with women and Introductions to the Folio Society s edition of Anna Karenina and to the new Penguin Classics edition of Tolstoy s My Confession During the 1980s and early 1990s I taught poetry and creative writing, tutored residential writing courses for the Arvon Foundation and took part in the Poetry Society s Writer in Schools scheme, as well as giving readings and workshops in schools, hospitals, prisons and every other kind of place where a poem could conceivably be welcome I also taught at the University of Glamorgan, the University of Bristol s Continuing Education Department and for the Open College of the Arts.In the late 1980s I began to publish short stories, and these were the beginning of a breakthrough into fiction What I had learned of prose technique through the short story gave me the impetus to start writing novels My first novel for children was Going to Egypt, published in 1992, and my first novel for adults was Zennor in Darkness, published in 1993, which won the McKitterick Prize This was also my first researched novel, set in the First World War and dealing with the period when D H Lawrence and his wife Frieda lived in Zennor in Cornwall, and came under suspicion as German spies.My third novel, A Spell of Winter, won the inaugural Orange Prize for Fiction in 1996, and since then I have published a number of novels, short story collections and books for children Full details of all these books are available on this website The last of The Ingo Quartet, The Crossing of Ingo, was published in paperback in Spring 2009.My seventh novel, The Siege 2001 was shortlisted both for the Whitbread Novel Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction This was another researched novel, which grew from a lifelong love of Russian history, culture and literature It is is set in Leningrad during the first year of the siege of the city by German forces, which lasted for 880 days from the fall of Mga on 30th August 1941 The Siege has been translated into Russian by Tatyana Averchina, and extracts have been broadcast on radio in St Petersburg House of Orphans was published in 2006, and in 2008 Counting the Stars Its central characters are the Roman poet Catullus, who lived during the last years of the Republic,. I wish I was away in Ingo, Far across the sea, Sailing over the deepest waters, Where love nor care can trouble meSapphire s father mysteriously vanishes into the waves off the Cornwall coast where her family has always lived She misses him terribly, and she longs to hear his spellbinding tales about the Mer, who live in the underwater kingdom of Ingo Perhaps that is I wish I was away in Ingo, Far across the sea, Sailing over the deepest waters, Where love nor care can trouble meSapphire s father mysteriously vanishes into the waves off the Cornwall coast where her family has always lived She misses him terribly, and she longs to hear his spellbinding tales about the Mer, who live in the underwater kingdom of Ingo Perhaps that is why she imagines herself being pulled like a magnet toward the sea But when her brother, Conor, starts disappearing for hours on end, Sapphy starts to believe she might not be the only one who hears the call of the ocean.. Good Ebook Ingo Ingo is a delightful story full of beautifully serene imagery and magic. It’s a children’s book, yes, but it captured my attention and I’m very glad to have come across it. It’s about an eleven-year-old girl and her older brother who lose their father one day when he takes out his boat and disappears. The children are the only two people in town (with the exception of Granny Carne) who believe that he is still alive. They discover an underwater world called Ingo, where they meet Faro and Elvira, who are mer. Sapphire becomes extremely connected to Ingo, far more than her brother Connor, and soon finds out that though it is a beautiful, interesting place to be, there are dangers there too. The storyline is a bit old—loss of parent, introduction of other parent’s boyfriend/girlfriend, child coping with the loss of parent and dislike of the new family member—but the fact that Sapphire’s dad might not really be gone keeps it interesting.Despite the fact that that there are a few annoying bits, they somehow manage to smooth themselves over. For example, the name Sapphire, which makes me think, great, I really wanted to read about a different version of Bella Swan. But rather than naming her other characters ridiculous things that one would never come across in a normal setting, Dunmore sticks with names like Connor, Jenny, Sadie, Matthew, and Jack; still interesting names, but not stupid.Another irritating bit is Sapphire’s absolute obsession with Ingo. She disregards her family and manages to stay in Ingo for over 24 hours, not caring about how her mother would feel if she would to find Sapphire gone. You almost want to reach into the book and give her a good shake everytime she talks about her life on Earth being fuzzy and far away, but she always comes back to it, and realizes the danger and importance of Ingo vs. Earth.It’s a really nice book, probably not for everyone, but anyone who likes a bit of fantasy and a good story.