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Helen Humphreys

Author of The Lost Garden

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Helen Humphreys is the author of four collections of poetry & one previous novel, "Leaving Earth", which won the Toronto Book Award, was a "New York Times" Notable Book, & was published in six languages. "Afterimage" was inspired by an exhibition of Julia Margaret Cameron's photographs. Humphreys show more lives in Kingston, Ontario. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Helen Humphreys

The Lost Garden (2002) 569 copies
Coventry (2008) 421 copies
The Frozen Thames (2007) 413 copies
Afterimage (2000) 286 copies
The Evening Chorus (2015) 228 copies
Wild Dogs (2004) 185 copies
Leaving Earth (1997) 135 copies
The Reinvention of Love (2011) 119 copies
Rabbit Foot Bill (2020) 80 copies
The Ghost Orchard (2017) 56 copies
Machine Without Horses (2018) 36 copies
Followed by the Lark (2024) 31 copies

Associated Works

Koalas under the Bed (1996) — Illustrator — 18 copies
STOP! and Other Stories (2003) — some editions — 2 copies

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Birthdate
1961-06-13
Gender
female
Nationality
UK
Birthplace
London, England, UK
Places of residence
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Kingston-on-Thames, England, UK
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupations
poet
novelist
writer-in-residence
professor
Organizations
Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
University of Toronto
Short biography
Helen Humphreys was born in 1961 in England and moved to Canada when she was a young girl. She was kicked out of high school in grade 10 and attended an alternative school to finish her education. Humphreys lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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Using his journals as source materials, Helen Humphreys outlines the life of Thoreau as a solitary, pensive man from childhood until his death at age 44.
His short life is marked by loss and change which he struggles to deal with.
Through the book we are introduced to Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Transcendentalist movement of which Thoreau was member.
The prose of the book is quiet and slow moving through time and space. Sometimes it was a little too slow for me.
 
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tangledthread | 4 other reviews | Jun 11, 2024 |
Well-written enough that I wanted to keep reading, but I found the parts narrated by Adèle much more interesting than those narrated by Charles.
 
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Abcdarian | 8 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |
[Followed by the Lark] by [[Helen Humphreys]] was wonderful. It’s about Henry David Thoreau but more about his everyday inner life then any accomplishments. IT’s a very quiet book. Henry is an observer of nature and nothing gives him more joy. Every change of season seems new to him and throughout his life he sees things he hadn’t observed before despite being in the same spot over and over - like the details of a blueberry bush. I don’t think I would enjoy any other book about Thoreau as much as this one. This book was so tied to nature and a love of nature. The ending was so perfect that I gave it 5 stars. Sometimes a last sentence can push a book from 4.5 to 5 for me and this one did just that.… (more)
 
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dianeham | 4 other reviews | May 5, 2024 |
I picked this book from the library shelf on a whim. What a gem. Inspired by, though not based on three true events, this lyrically told story sees the war and its aftermath from the perspective of three people, each intimately bound in each other's lives, but ultimately dealing with what confronts them in their own way, alone. It begins with James in his German POW camp, finding solace in his intimate record of the lives of the redwing family he can just about see from the camp confines. There is Rose, his wife in their cottage in an English village; Enid, his sister, living and working in London. And then there is Toby, working in James' and Rose's village; Constance, Rose's difficult mother ... and the POW camp's Kommandant. All have their roles in this story in which the actual horrors of war have no place, but which illustrates vividly its power to alter lives, to constrain, and yet to offer hope too.… (more)
 
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Works
26
Also by
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Members
2,763
Popularity
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Rating
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Reviews
241
ISBNs
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Languages
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Favorited
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