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Helen Docherty

  • 5 stars across 13 books
    Helen Docherty's Biography
    Before becoming an author, Helen used to teach Spanish and French. She 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. 

    Her first rhyming story, The Snatchabook has been translated into 18 languages. In 2014 it won the Oldham Brilliant Book Award, voted for by school children, as well as being shortlisted for several national awards. It has been staged as a play and even as an opera, by a school in Canada.

    Abracazebra was staged as a play in Ireland as part of the Abhainn Ri Festival of Inclusion.

    The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight was shortlisted for Oscar’s Book Prize 2017.

    Helen’s latest book, You Can Never Run Out of Love (illustrated by Ali Pye), was published in September 2017.

    Helen Docherty Facts
    Helen has been learning Welsh for the last five years.

    As a child, Helen made books including a monthly magazine for witches!

    Our favourite Helen Docherty Book Characters
    Eliza Brown - from The Snatchabook
    Abracazebra - from Abracazebra

    Our favourite Helen Docherty Book Quotes
    "Love doesn’t come in a bottle or jar. It’s right there inside you, wherever you are". (You Can Never Run Out Of Love)

    "One morning, Leo’s parents said They’d like to have a chat. There was nothing wrong with reading, But he couldn’t  just do that! They’d seen a lovely advert In their favourite magazine. A dragon needed taming! Leo wasn’t very keen". (The Knight Who Wouldn't Fight)
    4th August 2016

    The Knight Who Wouldn't Fight

    Leo the mouse isn't like the other knights. While they like fighting, he'd rather read a book. Leo's parents are k... More

    (20 reviews)
    7th September 2017

    You Can Never Run Out Of Love

    A heart-warming and funny tale about the different kinds of love, and how no matter how much love you give you can nev... More

    (18 reviews)
    3rd October 2013

    The Snatchabook

    A magical tale about the importance of bedtime stories. In every house, in every bed, A bedtime book was being rea... More

    (4 reviews)
    5th February 2015


    Yawnalot is a sleepy old town until Abracazebra rides in on her bicycle. Suddenly, all the animals flock to see he... More

    (2 reviews)
    4th February 2016

    Do You Remember?

    'I can't do it!' 'It's not easy learning to do new things,' said Mum. 'But you've always got there in the end.' Do you ... More

    (1 review)
    29th April 2020

    Bug Club Shared Reading: A Home for Henrietta (Year 1)

    One day, crawling under stones in the garden, Callum spies Henrietta the woodlouse. Callum is determined to find her a h... More

    (1 review)
    3rd June 2013

    The Snatchabook

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    6th September 2016

    The Storybook Knight

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    7th May 2020

    Oxford Reading Tree Word Sparks: Level 3: The King's Ears

    Can King March hide his long ears at the queen's birthday party? Using the world's largest known database of writing fo... More

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    15th September 2020

    Pirate Nell's Tale to Tell: A Storybook Adventure

    Nell is finally a pirate! And she has her trusty Pirate's Almanac to help her sail the seas, even if Captain Gnash do... More

    (0 reviews)
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