Helen Falconer was born and grew up in north London and Devon. She married, got a first class degree from Oxford and had her first child, Jack, all by the time she was 21.
Living and working as a journalist in London during the Thatcher years she embarked on a series of novels about the life of teenagers in the capital.
While the books are fiction, the stories were all based on real life people.
Primrose Hill and Sky High were published at the turn of the millenium and by then Helen had left London and moved to Ireland where she continues to write. Find out more about her on her website.
Helen's Ascribe titles are:
4.5 stars on Amazon
3.5 stars on Goodreads
Category: Young Adult
"Shocking, moving and addictive"
"I couldn't put it down"
"Heartrending and hilarious "
"A fantastic first novel"
The Sunday Times
To murder or not to murder, Si worries to himself through a long, stiflingly hot summer on Primrose Hill, North London.
Si is only seventeen, but his best friend, Danny, is determined to kill his stepfather, a junkie and a heroine dealer, who has beaten up Danny's junkie mother once too often. What are best friends for if not to offer their full support to any plans afoot? Si's paranoia grows to fever pitch as Danny's plans take haphazard and solid form. A beautiful young rich girl's apparent obsession with him doesn't help, as she seems to have major psychological problems of her own, which she expresses by cutting her arms and offering herself sexually to Si, only to withdraw the offer seconds later.
This pain-ridden trio spend what should have been a summer of innocent pleasures alongside their other friends on Primrose Hill--smoking pot and getting drunk on cider--worrying about the logistics of a perfect murder. In the end, of course, events go badly awry and life only slowly returns to some kind of order. Si's lugubrious, comical narration creates a tragi-comic farce out of the surreal developments, and gently takes him through a searing rite of passage in which he feels he is always two steps behind.
4.7 stars on Amazon
3.9 stars on Goodreads
Category: Young Adult
“Astonishing wit and authenticity”
Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat
Ferdia is a sixteen-year-old with problems.
His estranged parents live at opposite ends of Abbey Road, each of them flirting with younger partners. Even so, being young, talented and beautiful in London has its compensations, and Ferdia finds an outlet for his frustrations in a fledgling punk band on the local estate.
But when his relationship with a teacher twice his age threatens to scupper his schooling, his home life, and his place in the band, events take an unexpected turn for everyone . . .