Write me: info@helencallaghan.co.uk
Helen Callaghan
Photography ©Lee Irvine

My name is Helen Callaghan and I write fiction whenever I’m left unsupervised. I live in Cambridge amongst teetering piles of books.

I’ve always written, it’s my one constant. I was at various points a student nurse, barmaid and drama student. Eventually I settled into bookselling, working as a fiction specialist and buyer for a variety of bookshops, and did that for nearly ten years. In the end I became restless and studied for A-levels at night school. I achieved a place at Cambridge University as a mature student, where I studied Archaeology.

When I’m not writing fiction I write technical documentation for IT companies, which is every bit as thrilling as it sounds.

I also keep a blog, available on this site. The blog is about my writing; including my thoughts on the things I read and see, some digressions on cool little nuggets that come up in the research (I experiment a fair bit with medieval cookery), and any other stratagem I can employ to waste the world’s time. You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.

My debut novel, Dear Amy, is published by Michael Joseph and available now. My forthcoming novel, Everything Is Lies, is being published by them on February 22nd, 2018.

I am represented by Judith Murray at Greene and Heaton Ltd.

Thanks so much for visiting, and please enjoy the site!


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    • Helen Callaghan Posted April 29, 2016 3:20 pm

      Yes – you remind me, I need to blog this!

  • Jean-Paul Deshayes Posted June 21, 2016 3:14 pm

    Dear Helen,
    I have just sent an email to Judith MURRAY re: Dear Amy. I couldn’t send it directly to you as I do not have your email address and did not wish to send it via the Comments sections of your website.

    I expect Judith MURRAY will send it on to you as it was adressed to you both.

    Kind regards
    French Literary Translator

    • Helen Callaghan Posted July 19, 2016 12:52 am

      Dear Jean Paul,

      Thank you so much and sorry for my delayed reply – I am not normally set up for comments on the blog as until recently nobody but close friends (who are pre-approved) ever commented on it! I discovered your comment by accident while I was updating the website theme. Clearly this needs to change.

      Judith is away on holiday at the moment, but will pursue this the minute she is back in the UK. I really look forward to seeing it – I am very excited about the forthcoming French translation of Dear Amy!


  • Carolyn Shevloff Posted July 9, 2016 11:51 pm

    Just finished “Dear Amy” Couldn’t put it down!! Just loved it & the twists & turns, but not too many as in some thrillers!!
    Am slowly becoming addicted to this type of book in the past 6 months, have managed to read this throughout Wimbledon ( at night) to which I am also addicted!!!!’
    Really looking forward to your second book!
    Thank you for a brilliant read!

  • Carolyn Shevloff Posted July 9, 2016 11:55 pm

    Not sure what my “comment is awaiting moderation” means??!! New to commenting on books!

    • Helen Callaghan Posted July 19, 2016 12:48 am

      So sorry Carolyn – I had the comments set to moderation because normally no-one except close friends and spammers comment on my blog! I’m just updating the theme and saw your comment now. I couldn’t be happier that you enjoyed Dear Amy, and thanks so much for letting me know – it really makes an enormous difference. Thank you very much!

  • Joanne Taylor Posted July 13, 2016 2:01 am

    Dear Helen, I just finished reading Dear Amy – it ruined the first day of my holiday here is sunny Cairns and my 51st birthday yesterday! It is a wonderful, exciting thriller the likes of which I have not read for some time 🙂 well done. I’m looking forward to the next one already. Jo Taylor

    • Helen Callaghan Posted July 19, 2016 12:56 am

      Hi Joanne,

      Thanks so much for letting me know and I’m delighted you enjoyed Dear Amy! I’m writing the next one at the moment which is enormous fun, but high pressure.

      So sorry for the delay in replying – I only just discovered these comments now, but I’m really glad I did! 🙂


  • Margaret Posted August 24, 2016 6:32 pm

    Hello Helen
    I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed ‘Dear Amy’ I have just read it in one sitting in the garden today! What better way to enjoy this lovely weather…with a glass of wine and a good book! I am really looking forward to reading your next novel, keep them coming!

    • Helen Callaghan Posted August 25, 2016 3:30 pm

      Hi Margaret – what a splendidly civilised way to enjoy a book! I’m slaving away on the next one at the moment but looking forward to getting back into reading properly when I’m done. The sun will probably have disappeared by then, alas!

      I’m delighted you enjoyed Dear Amy, and thanks so much for letting me know – when you write them, you do it alone, and it’s great to hear that it’s been worth the effort. Thank you!

  • Sophie B Posted September 1, 2016 7:11 pm

    Hello Helen,
    I have just finished reading Dear Amy and I am absolutely gutted that it’s come to an end! What a fantastic read, I was thoroughly blown away by the twists and turns.
    Your writing is impeccable and I cannot wait to buy your next book! Thank you so much for gifting us all with this compelling piece.
    Sophie x

    • Helen Callaghan Posted September 1, 2016 8:08 pm

      Goodness! Thanks so much, and I’m so happy you liked it – that’s lovely to hear!

  • Martin Fry Posted February 5, 2017 10:20 am

    Dear Helen-or are you? Just read your book Dear Amy in just 2 days. Wow. Couldn’t put it down and the twist was excellent. I kept thinking that Martin and his cronies were going to be the criminal gang and had lured Margot into something sinister. I never expected that. keep on writing and I look forward to seeing your next works.
    A struggling writer.

    • Helen Callaghan Posted May 8, 2017 12:16 pm

      Dear Martin – thanks, and delighted you enjoyed it! And very happy you picked up the Martin thing, as it was deliberate. Good luck with your own writing and thanks again!

  • sammy stevens Posted April 27, 2017 2:18 pm

    Hi Helen,

    Currently reading your book, and am thoroughly enjoying it, have just got to realise that Margot lives in Girton, as do I! I had to come and find you just to tell you that 😉

    • Helen Callaghan Posted May 6, 2017 1:56 pm

      Thanks so much for your message – I rarely check the webpage and missed it, I’m sorry! Delighted you are enjoying Dear Amy and yes, Margot lives in Girton. It seemed the best place to put her. 😉

  • amalia Posted September 17, 2017 2:53 am

    hello Helen
    I’ve already read this book(dear amy)… it was very enjoyable… i am 16 years old and next week i have an orale test. i would like to take this book as my book review… i can’t wait to present it!!

    • Helen Callaghan Posted September 18, 2017 12:59 pm

      Oh my! Well good luck with the test, and I hope you pass with flying colours. I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

  • Carla Devereux Posted September 19, 2017 3:06 pm

    Dear Helen,
    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your debut novel Dear Amy. The characters were well formed, the writing style superb and I loved the plot twists. It had me gripped to the end.
    I look forward to reading your next book.

    • Helen Callaghan Posted September 19, 2017 6:27 pm

      Hi Carla and thank you! I’m hoping to have a new book out in February next year, but holding off on an announcement until there is a definite date. The book, Everything Is Lies, has gone off for copy-editing and typesetting now, so fingers crossed it will be soon.

      But thanks so much for your kind words, and for visiting the site! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! It’s really nice to hear from people that liked the book, as it’s something you don’t normally know about otherwise. As a writer you work from home as a rule and you are in this weird sort of bubble, so news from outside it is always welcome! 🙂

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