Helen SimpsonHelen Simpson

Helen Simpson. has written five collections of short stories.

She lives in London.

Please direct requests to Sarah Chalfant at the Wylie Agency, 17 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3JA


Four Bare Legs in a Bed & other stories
(Heinemann, 1990; Minerva, 1991; Goldmann Verlag, 1991; Harmony Books/New York, 1992; Denoel, 1992; Marsilio, 1995; Vintage, 1998)

Flesh and Grass
(Pandora Press, 1990; Goldmann Verlag, 1991; Denoel, 1992), with Ruth Rendell's The Strawberry Tree, the first volume in a series of suspense novellas published under the general title Unguarded Hours

Dear George & other stories
(Heinemann, 1995; Minerva, 1996; Marsilio, 1997; Vintage, 2001)

Hey Yeah Right Get a Life
(Jonathan Cape, 2000; Vintage, 2001; Knopf, 2001-renamed, Getting a Life; Emece of Buenos Ares, 2003; Miskal of Tel Aviv, 2009; Kein & Aber of Zurich, 2010)

(Jonathan Cape, 2005; Vintage, 2006; Knopf, 2007- renamed, In the Driver's Seat; Christian Bourgois, 2008)

In-Flight Entertainment
(Jonathan Cape, 2010; Vintage, 2011; Knopf, 2012)

A Bunch of Fives: Selected Stories, with an introduction by the author
(Vintage Classics, 2012)

Four Bare Legs in a Bed Getting a Life In The Driver's Seat In Flight Entertainment A Bunch of Fives


Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 1991
Somerset Maugham Award 1991
One of Granta's twenty Best of Young British Novelists (1993 campaign)
The Hawthornden Prize 2001
E.M.Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2002
The Society of Authors Travelling Scholarship 2006
Helen Simpson is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.


Libretto for the jazz opera Good Friday,1663, music by Kate and
Mike Westbrook; filmed by Frank Cvitanovich and televised in 1994; recorded on CD by Jazzprint, 2001
Lyrics for Kate and Mike Westbrook's jazz suite, Bar Utopia; recorded on CD by ASC, 1996
Introduction to A Haunted House: The Complete Shorter Fiction by Virginia Woolf (Vintage Classics, 2003)
Introduction to The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (Vintage Classics, 2006)
Most recent Interview with Helen Simpson: The Paris Review Daily (28/02/12)

Photo of Helen Simpson by Derek Thompson