• 3AM magazine: The Pram in The Hallway

    Helen Walsh’s debut, Brass won the Betty Trask prize in 2005 and her follow-up, Once Upon a Time in England –an unflinching portrayal of the devastating impact of rape, racism and poverty on one family–won the Somerset Maugham Prize in 2009. Walsh has never shirked from examining the messier, murkier aspects of human existence, and her latest novel, Go to Sleep, holds the largely unwritten subject of postnatal sleep deprivation up to the light. Walsh depicts a nightmarish, hallucinatory world of fractured existence and extreme emotion which many will relate to. As always, she writes with purity and precision, skewering contemporary constructions of race, class and motherhood while unintentionally encouraging the robust use of reliable contraception. Read more

    3am Magazine: This is England

    As a writer I’ve always been interested in the idea of damage, our strategies for dealing with it, surviving it, resisting it. All the Fitzgeralds (my fictional family) are damaged in some way, all of them victims of one harrowing, brutal event that takes place very early on in the novel. Read more

  • The Independent: Young, gifted, bold as brass

    Four years and a few life-changes later she is back with Once Upon a Time in England – a very different but equally unsettling book. Whereas Brass was suffused with the rich language and grubby glamour of Liverpool's inner-city badlands, the suburban setting of Once Upon a Time... gives it a very different tone. Read more


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