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Helen Docherty

Helen Docherty is the author of the highly successful picture book, The Snatchabook (Alison Green Books),  illustrated by Thomas Docherty. It has been translated into 18 languages, won the 2014 Oldham Brilliant Book Award, voted for by school children, and was shortlisted for several national awards.

Helen's second book with Thomas Docherty, The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight (Alison Green Books) was shortlisted for Oscar’s Book Prize 2017. Her most recent picture book with Thomas, Blue Baboon Finds Her Tune (Sourcebooks) was chosen as one of Amazon's Best Children's Books 2022.

Her latest picture book Someone Just Like You (Simon and Schuster) is published in September 2023. Illustrated by David Roberts it is a deeply moving book encouraging empathy and kindness.

Helen's next book, due out in March 2025 is All The Things We Carry(Alison Green Books), a warm hug of a picture book, full of inspiring messages and spectacular illustrations 

Helen has lived and worked in France, Spain, Cuba and Mexico, and now lives in Swansea, Wales, with her husband, the author and illustrator Thomas Docherty, and their two daughters. Before becoming an author, Helen taught Spanish and French, and since moving to Wales has been trying her hand at learning Welsh too.

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