Helen Simpson


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in Bristol, England, The United Kingdom
January 01, 1959

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Helen Simpson is an English novelist and short story writer. She was born in 1959 in Bristol, in the West of England, and went to a girls' school. She worked at Vogue for five years before her success in writing short stories meant she could afford to leave and concentrate full-time on her writing. Her first collection, Four Bare Legs in a Bed and Other Stories, won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award while her book Hey Yeah Right Get A Life, a series of interlinked stories, won the Hawthornden Prize.

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name. (In particular, the mystery author Helen de Guerry Simpson is a different author.)

In 1993, she was selected as one of Granta's top 20 novelists
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Average rating: 3.73 · 6,049 ratings · 779 reviews · 43 distinct worksSimilar authors
In-Flight Entertainment

3.09 avg rating — 296 ratings — published 2010
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Getting a Life

3.72 avg rating — 328 ratings — published 2000 — 10 editions
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Cockfosters

3.44 avg rating — 278 ratings — published 2015 — 8 editions
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The London Ritz Book of Aft...

3.86 avg rating — 187 ratings — published 1986 — 8 editions
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In the Driver's Seat

3.43 avg rating — 115 ratings — published 2005 — 5 editions
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Constitutional

3.73 avg rating — 104 ratings — published 2006 — 5 editions
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Four Bare Legs in a Bed

3.59 avg rating — 97 ratings — published 1990 — 5 editions
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Dear George And Other Stories

3.70 avg rating — 60 ratings — published 1990 — 6 editions
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Motherhood: Vintage Minis

3.76 avg rating — 37 ratings4 editions
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A Bunch of Fives

3.41 avg rating — 29 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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“Tea at the Ritz is the last delicious morsel of Edwardian London. The light is kind, the cakes are frivolous and the tempo is calm, confident and leisurely.”
Helen Simpson, The London Ritz Book of Afternoon Tea

“Then I reached down into myself and managed to say, 'you should celebrate, your birthday should be celebrated, because the world's a better place with you in it.' May you continue to pile on the years, but with more pleasure from now on.”
Helen Simpson

“The nearest I have to a rule is a Post-It on the wall in front of my desk saying “Faire et se taire” (Flaubert), which I translate for myself as “Shut up and get on with it.”
Helen Simpson

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