Helen Hollick (born 1953) is a British author of historical fiction. She is the author of the Arthurian trilogy Pendragon's Banner, and the novels Harold the King and A Hollow Crown.
Born in Walthamstow, Hollick worked as a library assistant at a Chingford library for 13 years, during which time she developed a passion for Dark Age history and King Arthur. She wrote her Arthurian trilogy, which was accepted for publication by Heinemann three days before her 40th birthday in 1994.
Previously she had published a children's personal safety book, Come and Tell Me, a story she had written for her daughter when she was 3. "I wanted to tell her how to keep safe in a clear and simple manner — with a message that could be easily remembered," Hollick wrote on her web site. "'Always come and tell me before you go anywhere with anyone' fitted nicely." Her story became an official safety book of the British Home Office for use nationwide by police and schools. An updated and revised version of the book has been published by Happy Cat Books.
Hollick lives in Walthamstow with her husband, Ron, who is retired, and adult daughter, Kathy. In a review of King Harold, Cliff Moore wrote in the Dorset Evening Echo, "What is most inspiring about Hollick is that she can produce such a mammoth book from a household where she is the only reader — both her husband and daughter suffering from severe dyslexia."
She is a member of the Society of
Authors. As of early 2006, she was involved in the pre-production of the proposed movie 1066 as story consultant and co-script writer. She has recently completed a lecture tour of the Netherlands and is working on her next novel in her Sea Witch pirate series — Pirate Code is to be published by D.A. Diamonds in June 2007. In 2009 Hollick was approached by Sourcebooks Inc, a mainstream USA/Canada publisher with the view to publishing her entire Historical Fiction list
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