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Helen Simpson

Three Books That Have Inspired Me:

  1. The Poggenpuhl Family by Theodor de Fontane
  2. Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
  3. Stoner by John Williams

Three Books I Have Enjoyed Reading Recently:

  1. Ignorance by Michele Roberts
  2. Meeting the English by Kate Clanchy
  3. Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson

Helen SimpsonHelen Simpson has written seven collections of short stories, won awards from the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year to The Society of Authors Travelling Scholarship, is one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists, and is currently Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Find out more about Helen online at: www.helensimpsonwriter.com or follow her on Twitter @vintagesimpson.


  • Four Bare Legs in a Bed & other stories (1990)
  • Flesh and Grass (1990) with Ruth Rendell’s The Strawberry Tree, the first volume in a series of suspense novellas published under the general title Unguarded Hours
  • Dear George & other stories (1995)
  • Hey Yeah Right Get a Life (2000)
  • Constitutional (2005)
  • In-Flight Entertainment (2012)
  • A Bunch of Fives: Selected Stories, with an introduction by the author (2012)
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