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helen-simpson-writer“In novels you expand, you elaborate; you explain when, where, how things are happening; you go on and on. You don’t need to do any of that, really, with a short story. You can just skip all the gossipy stuff and go for the jugular. It’s direct and intimate and it doesn’t waste time. Maybe the short story writer lacks the novelist’s courage to be boring.”

Helen Simpson has published six collections of short stories: Four Bare Legs in a Bed; Dear George; Hey Yeah Right Get a Life; Constitutional; In-Flight Entertainment; and Cockfosters.

A Bunch of Fives: Selected Stories includes twenty-five stories, five from each of her first five collections. She lives in London.


BOOKS

Four-Bare-Legs-In-A-Bed-Helen-Simpson  Dear-George-Helen-Simpson  Hey-Yeah-Right-Get-A-Life-Helen-Simpson  Constitutional-Helen-Simpson In-Flight-Entertainment-Helen-Simpson-2  Cockfosters-Helen-Simpson  a bunch of fives helen simpson


AWARDS

2011 PEN/O.Henry Prize for Diary of an Interesting Year
2006 Travelling Scholarship (Society of Authors)
2002 E.M.Forster Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters
2001 Hawthornden Prize
1996 Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
1993 Best of Young British Novelists, Granta
1991 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year
1991 Somerset Maugham Award