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Helen Grant

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Helen Grant (born 1964 in London) is an author of novels for young adults, now based in Scotland. Her first novel, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, was published by Penguin Books in April 2009.[1] It was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the CILIP Carnegie Medal. It has also been published in Germany as Die Mädchen des Todes, and has been published in Spain, Holland and the US.

Her second novel, The Glass Demon, was published by Penguin in May 2010. It was shortlisted for the ITW Awards Best Paperback Original category. Her third novel Wish Me Dead was published in 2011 and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal.

In addition to her novels for young adults, she has been a regular contributor to the M.R. James Ghosts &


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The Glass Demon

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Wish Me Dead

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Silent Saturday (Forbidden ...

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El imperturbable Hans

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The Demons of Ghent (Forbid...

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The Sea Change & Other Stories

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Reading Round comes to Perth!

I'm very excited to say that from 18th September 2019 I shall be running a Royal Literary Fund Reading Round group at Perth!

Reading Round is a bit different from other reading/book groups. I've taken part in a book group myself, and I'm sorry to say that I didn't manage to keep up with the reading at all, especially the books I didn't particularly fancy! There's no "homework" with Reading Rou... Read more of this blog post »
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Silent Saturday The Demons of Ghent Urban Legends
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The Twisted Tree stands out for me because of its unusual setting - rural Norway - and use of Norse legends. I really enjoy the use of folklore in novels, but I'm not very familiar with Norse legends, so for me the story was unpredictable, and also ...more
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"There’s a great MR Jamesian premise at the heart of this book, and the setting of the rural Eifel with its gloomy pine forests and crumbling castles adds dollops of atmosphere. Grant’s protagonists are believable and the writing is brisk but cunni..." Read more of this review »
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“My life might have been so different, had I not been known as the girl whose grandmother exploded.”
Helen Grant, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
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“At school, the news that Pia Kolvenbach was moving to England and that her parents were divorcing had circulated with lightening speed. Suddenly I was no longer ostracized for being the Potentially Exploding Girl, but the new attention was worse. I could tell that the girls who sidled up to me and asked with faux-sympathetic smiles whether it was true were doing it on the basis of discussions they had heard between their own parents, to who they would report back like scouts. Soon there would be nothing left of me at all, nothing real: I would be a walking piece of gossip, alternatively tragic and appalling and, worse of all, a poor thing.”
Helen Grant, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
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“What was really unfair about the whole thing was that Oma Kristel hadn't so much exploded as spontaneously combusted. But Gossip is Baron Münchhausen's little sister, and never lets the truth get in the way of a good story.”
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Lady Alexandrine Hello Helen :) Thank you for adding m to your friends. It is great that you are coming to Brussels for an event on 6 September. I will do my best to attend it! Have a nice day and see you at the event!

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