Stop press: My new novel 'Lies Behind the Ruin' will be published in spring 2019. Watch this space for more news.

My debut novel 'After Leaving the Village' is out now published by Hashtag Press. You can order it from my website at the link below. It's also available from Amazon, Foyles and Waterstones and all good bookshops. I am partnering with Unseen, an inspirational charity working towards a world without slavery, to raise awareness of their work. I'm also donating a percentage of profits from my book to Unseen.


Helen Matthews writes novels and short stories. Her debut novel 'After Leaving the Village' ​won first prize in the opening pages category at Winchester Writers' Festival and was published in October 2017. She was runner up in Southport International short story competition; her short stories include 'Coal' published in Artificium; 'Invisible' published in Love Sunday magazine; 'Breaking the Silence' long listed for Reflex Flash Fiction. She blogs about writing, travel and more and writes freelance about HR, Employee Benefits and pensions. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes.

My Writing Places

I carry a notebook with me everywhere to scribble down ideas. When the weather's fine I love to work outside. Here are some of the inspirational places where I've set up my laptop.

Gladstone's Library


"Travelling is like flirting with life. It's like saying, I would stay and love you but I have to go; this is my station." Lisa St. Aubin deTeran.

'When I was one I had just begun' - celebrating my debut novel's first birthday

My debut novel After Leaving the Village reaches its first birthday on 12th October so I'm looking back and reflecting on what a whirlwind the year has been.


Enforced time out for writers

This blog is about trying to write while recovering from injury or illness, and my tips for rehab of a broken ankle. Maybe it will be useful for someone, somewhere.


Bookseller for a Day

Readers of my blog may remember it's been my lifelong ambition to work in, or perhaps own, a bookshop and I’ve written about this in a post called Flirting with Bookshops. Thanks to Leatherhead bookseller, Peter Snell I finally achieved my wish and took a day off from writing books to step behind the shop counter and sell them.


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