Helen Callaghan

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

My debut novel, Dear Amy, and my second novel, Everything is Lies, are published by Michael Joseph and available now. My forthcoming novel, Night Falls, Still Missing, is being released on July 23rd, 2020.

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Helen Callaghan Not yet, but fingers crossed - would love to see it as a movie one day! :)
Helen Callaghan It's a mistake, but not deliberate. ;) Years ago, the book was set somewhere else, and when I moved to Cambridge I made the decision to change the set…moreIt's a mistake, but not deliberate. ;) Years ago, the book was set somewhere else, and when I moved to Cambridge I made the decision to change the setting to somewhere more local. However, I didn't change this - well spotted!(less)
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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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Night Falls, Still Missing by Helen Callaghan
"This is a slow burner but well worthy of the read.

A very realistically written narrative, Fiona's best friend, Marisa, calls her and asks for her help but won't say why. When Fiona arrives in Orkney Marisa is gone but no one has seen or spoken to he" Read more of this review »
Everything Is Lies by Helen Callaghan
"Really enjoyed this psychological thriller. "
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Night Falls, Still Missing by Helen Callaghan
"I loved this book!!!!! I could not take to the 2 main characters at first I found one whiny and the other flaky. Having said that I was hooked with story and i found my self needing to know what happened. Can not recommend enough. Also by the end of " Read more of this review »
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I was absolutely poleaxed by this book - beautifully written and doing a phenomenal amount with relatively few words. I don't want to say too much about it for fear of spoilers, but definitely my book of the year so far.
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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.”
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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.”
Agatha Christie, Dead Man's Folly

“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.”
Ian McEwan, The Child in Time

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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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