"The Growing Season poses a compelling what-if about the female body, technology and power."

The Guardian

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"Beautiful, sad, moving, fascinating & original. I loved it."

Marian Keyes

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Helen SedgwickPhotography © Michael Gallacher

Helen Sedgwick is the author of The Comet Seekers (Harvill Secker, 2016) and The Growing Season (Harvill Secker, 2017). 

Helen has an MLitt in Creative Writing from Glasgow University and has won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award. Her debut, The Comet Seekers, has been published in the UK, US and Canada, and was selected as a best book of 2016 by The Herald and Glamour. Her second novel, The Growing Season, was published in 2017 and featured on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book. She is represented by Cathryn Summerhayes of Curtis Brown.

As a literary editor, Helen has worked as the managing director of Cargo Publishing and managing editor of Gutter, and she founded Wildland Literary Editors in 2012. Before that, Helen was a research physicist with a PhD in Physics from Edinburgh University.

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October saw the launch of The Comet Seekers in paperback in the US, and it’s been included in the Harper Collins book club too:   And The Growing Season also got a wonderful and very detailed review in The Guardian: “Sedgwick keeps us in a suspenseful state of discomfort until near the end… The Growing Season […]

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Other Publications

I'm delighted to have my short story, The Archaeologist of Akrotiri, published in Issue 35 of New Writing Scotland: She Said He Said I Said! It's a story about a lost ancient city and what it is that draws us to the past. "New Writing Scotland is the principal forum for poetry and short fiction in Scotland today. Said He Said I Said: New Writing Scotland 35 is the latest collection of excellent contemporary literature."

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