Birdcage Walk

Birdcage Walk

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 02/03/2017
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Birdcage Walk
Dark tale, dark times....
Birdcage Walk is set in Helen Dunmore's home town of Bristol. It is 1792 and a time of turmoil with the French Revolution is in full flow and unrest at hom... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley
Birdcage Walk
Elegaic and Haunting . "The endless silence which surrounds our brief lives"
I was lucky enough to receive a Proof copy of this book. Our shop had hosted Helen Dunmore when she did an event for her previous novel Exposure. We invit... READ MORE
Tracey McHardy
Birdcage Walk
I read the first pages of this book three times. I loved the burial scene so much that I just kept going back to it over and over again. It makes such a mo... READ MORE
Diana O. at Aylesbury


I liked Birdcage Walk, especially late at night, when darkness and the rustle of nocturnal creatures gave an edge to the safety of the paved path.

It is 1792 and Europe is seized by political turmoil and violence.

Lizzie Fawkes has grown up in Radical circles where each step of the French Revolution is followed with eager idealism. But she has recently married John Diner Tredevant, a property developer who is heavily invested in Bristol's housing boom, and he has everything to lose from social upheaval and the prospect of war.

Soon his plans for a magnificent terrace built above the two-hundred-foot drop of the Gorge come under threat. Diner believes that Lizzie's independent, questioning spirit must be coerced and subdued. She belongs to him: law and custom confirm it, and she must live as he wants.

In a tense drama of public and private violence, resistance and terror, Diner's passion for Lizzie darkens until she finds herself dangerously alone.

A stirring and visceral exploration of women’s lives in Georgian Britain, Birdcage Walk considers the traces we leave through history when we die through the voices of women who dared to think beyond the confines of their time.

‘This powerful novel is a fine final flourish from a gifted writer… The power Dunmore gives to lowly female lives is inescapably moving, their stories taking us on a remarkable journey into the visceral heart of the female experience in Georgian Britain.’ – The Times

Helen Dumore’s pen must have barely rested since her first novel, Zennor in Darkness, was published in 1993. An extraordinarily prolific writer, Dunmore won the inaugural Orange Prize for Fiction for her second novel A Spell of Winter and since then has gone on to write poetry, books for children and YA readers (including her popular Ingo Chronicles) as well as ever-inventive fiction including the novels The Siege, The Betrayal and Exposure.

  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • ISBN: 9780091959401
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Weight: 685g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 37 mm

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