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Helen Simonson was born in Slough, grew up near Reading, and spent her teenage years in a small village in East Sussex, near Rye. A graduate of the London School of Economics, with a masters degree(MFA) in creative writing from Stony Brook Southampton(USA), she is a former advertising executive who now lives in the Washington, D.C. area. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, her first novel, was written while she was a stay-at-home mother. Its unexpected success (Major Pettigrew has become an instant bestseller in multiple countries), has in no way reduced the amount of laundry, or the demands for food, money and car transport, from her two teenagers! The book is dedicated to them, and to her husband, John.

Genres: Historical
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Woman in the Sable Coat (2024)
Elizabeth Brooks
"A beautifully written evocation of young girls coming-of-age, and plunging into womanhood and war, which gradually intensifies into a gothic unease that would make Daphne Du Maurier proud. Excellent-I could not put it down."
American Ending (2023)
Mary Kay Zuravleff
"In the dark of Pennsylvania's coal mines, Yelena's voice is both the light and the canary. Her struggles, and those of her Russian-American immigrant community, are deeply felt and beautifully written. Immersive and compelling."
Rock of Ages (2022)
(Junior Bender, book 8)
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"Could not stop laughting, Timothy Hallinan is sharpe as a blade, has a wicked eye for human nature and keeps the reader guessing and reading for Junior Bender all the way."

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