Leningrad, September 1941: German forces surround the city, imprisoning those who live there. The besieged people of Leningrad face shells, starvation and the Russian winter. Interweaving two love affairs in two generations, The Siege draws us deep into the Levin family's struggle to stay alive during this terrible winter. What is it like to be so hungry you simmer your leather manicure case to make soup, so cold you burn first your furniture and then your books? And, in spite of everything, to resist... The Siege is a brilliantly imagined novel about war and the wounds it inflicts on ordinary people's lives. It is also a profoundly moving celebration of love, life and survival. Helen Dunmore is one of Britain's most acclaimed authors and The Siege is the fruit of her long fascination with Russia's history, its people and its culture.
Helen Dunmore has published six novels with Viking and Penguin, including A SPELL OF WINTER, winner of the Orange Prize. She is also a poet and a children's novelist. She lives with her family in Bris... more
Jilly Bond has been an actress for over 25 years, working in theatres around the country – Bath Theatre Royal, Coventry Belgrade, Bristol Old Vic, Bolton Octagon, King’s Glasgow, Plymouth Theatre ... more