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Welcome to Helen Ryan's website. Helen is the author of Hedgeman, Putney Bridge, The Back Room and A Crack in the Door.

Helen was born in Sheffield in 1953. After reading law at Manchester University, she went into publishing and then qualified as a solicitor eventually specialising in Children Act proceedings.

Readers of Helen's novels will know that she likes to explore the nature and limits of familial love. Principally a story teller, her books are short - designed to be read in one or two sittings.

Helen published her fourth novel A Crack in the Door in December 2017. It is written from the point of view of an artist in middle age whose father in law, Jack, a widower in his eighties, comes to live with him and his wife in their home overlooking the Exe estuary. Whilst their marriage deteriorates as the pressures of caring for Jack come to dominate their lives, it is soon evident to them both that Jack is not the sole cause of their disunity.

A Crack in the Door was longlisted for The Peggy Chapman-Andrews First Novel award (2017).

To contact Helen please email or visit her Facebook Author page.

Read more about Helen's novels by clicking the titles below.


Putney Bridge

The Back Room

A Crack In The Door


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