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Helen Demidenko


(Helen Darville (Helen Dale))
Australia (b.1972)

Helen Dale, also known as Helen Darville and Helen Demidenko, is an Australian columnist and writer. While studying English literature at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, she wrote a novel The Hand that Signed the Paper, about a Ukrainian family who welcome the German Nazis as liberators. In 1993, the novel won the The Australian/Vogel Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. It was first published in 1994, and won the Miles Franklin Award the following year.