Welcome to Helen Watts’ official website

Here you can find out all you need to know about Helen’s books, including the award-winning novel One Day In Oradour and her First World War short story collections The Ghost of the Trenches and First World War Folk Tales. You can also stay up to date with Helen’s events and appearances, browse the Photo gallery, read her Blog, and find out how to get in touch with Helen who is always happy to answer questions, hear your thoughts on her books, and help with any workshop and event bookings. 

About Helen’s books

One Day In Oradour was nominated for the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal for an outstanding book for children and young people, shortlisted for the 2014 Education Resources Awards, longlisted for the Hampshire Book Award 2014 and was the recipient of the 2014 Southern Schools Book Awards’ ‘Extraordinary Award’. Published in paperback and ebook format, the novel is also now available as an audio book, narrated by Jean Brassard (Fault In Our Stars). Order your copy now through Audible.

Helen’s second novel, No Stone Unturned, was published in September 2014 by Bloomsbury (ACB Originals) and was shortlisted for the Warwickshire Junior Book Award 2015 and the Historical Association’s Young Quills Award and was runner-up in the 2015 Alcester Schools Book Awards.

Helen has co-written two special centenary collections of stories from the First World War – The Ghost of the Trenches (for children) and the hardback collection for adults First World War Folk Tales.

Helen’s latest manuscript, a historical fiction novel for adults inspired by a real-life escape attempt from the prison island of Alcatraz, is currently on submission.  

Book an author event

Would you like to book Helen for an author talk, reading, book signing or writing workshop? Helen is happy to discuss your requirements and chat through the possibilities with you. Find out how to contact Helen here