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Helen Callaghan

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My name is Helen Callaghan and I write fiction whenever I am left unsupervised. I live in Guildford amongst teetering piles of books.

My debut novel, Dear Amy (2016), and my other novels, Everything is Lies (2018) and Night Falls, Still Missing (2020), are published by Michael Joseph and available now.

My fourth novel is in edits right now and should be appearing shortly!

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Helen Callaghan Hi there, and sorry got the delay in replying! Thanks so much - I'm delighted you're enjoying the books! I do indeed have a new novel coming out next …moreHi there, and sorry got the delay in replying! Thanks so much - I'm delighted you're enjoying the books! I do indeed have a new novel coming out next year. It is set in Cornwall and involves divers on a shipwreck. It doesn't have a title yet but the minute it does I will be posting it on Goodreads!(less)
Helen Callaghan Not yet, but fingers crossed - would love to see it as a movie one day! :)
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So tomorrow (August 19th) I’m delighted to be participating in an online Q&A with Norfolk Libraries, starting at 8pm! I’ll be talking and answering questions about the new book and my writing process. In the
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"Thrilling, Dark, Mystic Read."
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"Well this was a roller coaster of a ride! Fantastic and had me hooked from page one, didn’t see that coming! Great story and one not to be missed…"
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So sorry, can't believe I never answered this! Thanks so much for your kind words and I hope you did review it here, but to be honest am just delighted you enjoyed it. ;)
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Enormously fun and lively thriller with a high concept premise - an American university offers a program for young people diagnosed as psychopaths, where they will pay all of their fees in exchange for them participating in a series of surveys and in ...more
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“it had been tough, horribly tough, and humiliating and isolating and all the rest.”
Helen Callaghan, Dear Amy

“The librarian, a tiny blonde twenty-something in a Riot grrrl T-shirt, looked up from her desk and smiled. Don’t let anyone tell you that the gold standard of feeling old is when the police and doctors seem younger than you. It’s the librarians that will get you every time.”
Helen Callaghan, Dear Amy

“lonely old man wrote an heroic elegy to his dead wife, describing wandering through his Edithless house; touching her things, arranging her photographs, passing the flowers she had planted, dead in their boxes and tubs. His children were trying to persuade him to go into a home, and though he couldn’t blame them, he wasn’t going to move away from Edith’s house. He could never have borne it. Still, it was terribly lonely, all the same.”
Helen Callaghan, Dear Amy

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“Mephistopheles: Within the bowels of these elements,
Where we are tortured and remain forever.
Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscribed
In one self place, for where we are is hell,
And where hell is must we ever be.
And, to conclude, when all the world dissolves,
And every creature shall be purified,
All places shall be hell that is not heaven.”
Christopher Marlowe, Dr. Faustus

“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”
Omar Khayyám

“I mean, what can you say about how you write books? What I mean is, first you’ve got to think of something, and when you’ve thought of it you’ve got to force yourself to sit down and write it. That’s all. It would have taken me just three minutes to explain that, and then the Talk would have been ended and everyone would have been very fed up. I can’t imagine why everybody is always so keen for authors to talk about writing. I should have thought it was an author’s business to write, not talk.”
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“Only when you are grown up, perhaps only when you have children yourself, do you fully understand that your own parents had a full and intricate existence before you were born.”
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Carole Tyrrell Welcome aboard Helen - my you do read a wide range of books - I'm hoping to find some inspiration from Goodreads friends


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