In his late 40s, stuck in a career and a marriage that have each lost their lustre, Chris is someone to whom life never quite kept its promise. One morning, as he is leaving for work, he hears a song on the radio: a song that transports him back to an altogether better, happier time - the early 1970s, when youth, idealism and music, especially the music of singer-songwriter Helen Leonrd, were all that really mattered. Haunted by a raw sense of loss and a growing resentment at how life has turned out, Chris - goaded on by the mysterious, elusive apparition of the 'Beagle Man' - begins a physical, spiritual and emotional quest. Revisiting old haunts and old memories, he searches for an answer to a question that has lain unanswered for nearly 30 years: what did Fate hold in store for the woman he devoted himself to so entirely all those years ago - the maddening, mercurial, mischievous Helen Leonard... Witty, elegiac, and above all, true, FINDING HELEN is a novel about the power of memory and the consequences of loss - of innocence, idealism and youth.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"His prose is as flexible and dangerous as a rapier...his stories go for both the head and the heart'" - Neil Gaiman

"A complex, darkly beautiful novel, filled with ominous possibilities and disturbing hints...this is English literary fiction at its best." - Joanne Harris


Used availability for Colin Greenland's Finding Helen

Paperback Editions

February 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Finding Helen
Author(s): Colin Greenland
ISBN: 0-552-77080-9 / 978-0-552-77080-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

February 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Finding Helen
Author(s): Colin Greenland
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA