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Top novelist Helen Dunmore loses battle with cancer

By Julia Hunt

British poet and novelist Helen Dunmore has died at the age of 64.

The Orange Prize-winning writer had been battling cancer.

Her death was announced by publishing house Bloodaxe Books, which said on its website: "We are immensely saddened by the news that Helen Dunmore has died. She was 64, and had been suffering from cancer."

Dunmore wrote about her diagnosis in The Guardian in March in a piece entitled Facing Mortality And What We Leave Behind. She said she had been diagnosed with a cancer with "a very poor prognosis".

"The ground beneath my feet has never been more uncertain, but what is sure is that the ambulance has already called and there is no vagueness about my mortality," she said.

Writer Jonathan Coe was among those to pay tribute. He tweeted: "We have lost one of our finest writers, and one of the kindest and most generous of women."

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