Helen has been a professional writer for fifteen years. She started out on Radio Four with more than ten Short Stories and two radio plays A Knotted String and Woody Strode and Touchwood, Tinderbox. She broke into mainstream tv fare in seasons Seven and Eight of the ITV drama Boon with Michael Elphick and Neil Morrissey. Helen has broadcast episodes of: EastEnders (BBC), Holby City (BBC), Down to Earth (BBC/Whistling Gypsy), Heartbeat (Yorkshire), Staying Alive (London Weekend), El Cid (Granada), House of Eliott (BBC), Boon (Carlton). Helen was responsible for four of the six episodes in season one of the BBC Sunday night drama Down to Earth starring Warren Clarke and Pauline Quirke, the other two being written by series deviser Ashley Pharaoh. Her short film The Fishmonger’s Daughter directed by Caroline Sax was selected for Sundance and won awards at several American Film Festivals. It was also selected for the London Film Festival. Her current feature length film work includes magical-realist drama Eye of the Storm with director Caroline Sax at Friday Night Films along with psychological thriller Hypnos and the sci-fi thriller Methodology with Cariad Pictures. Her current radio work includes the six-part comedy drama series A Lick and a Promise. Her first novel The Extra Large Medium was chosen as the winner in the Long Barn Books competition run by Susan Hill and is published by Simon & Schuster. .
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Annie Conville can see dead people. And for some reason they are all wearing chocolate brown. Since she was a child Annie has been able to see and speak to the dead. But when her husband disappears suddenly he does not come to visit her. So is Evan still alive? During her long wait to discover what happened to Evan Bees, Annie searches through her mother’s vast collection of lovers for the other missing man in her life, and struggles with the questions her gift asks of her. Who is the mysterious girl who sits by the lake? What happened to the lost woman whose sister has never stopped searching for her? And why are so many of the dead voices called Jim? Quirky, irreverent, moving and a little bit spooky, The Extra Large Medium will charm you completely – even as it’s raising the hairs on the back of your neck.
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The lie was tiny and black like a stick of liquorice in her mouth. She didn’t like liquorice and she didn’t like lying but it was the only way. It is 1975 and nine-year-old Grace believes she has the ability to tell ‘true lies’ to get herself out of trouble. However, when the feud between her mum and nan escalates into tragedy, Grace finds she must tell the biggest lie yet – and live with the consequences. For Alec Holm, 1975 is the year no one believes the truth and he finds himself convicted for a crime he didn’t commit. But fate is making its own plans for Alec and Grace. Fifteen years later their two paths cross in the most unexpected of ways
PUBLISHER: Pocket Books
PUBLICATION DATE: June 2009
For a woman who wants to remain invisible, a shelving job at a quiet suburban library provides the perfect cover. Ruby sees a lot from behind the stacks — maybe even enough to bring her out of hiding. And that could be a problem. Because everyone has a history, especially someone who’s trying desperately to forget their own…
PUBLISHER: Pocket Books
PUBLICATION DATE: April 2010