Helen Brown grew up in New Zealand where she became an award-winning newspaper and magazine columnist as well as a popular scriptwriter. Helen's memoirs Cleo and After Cleo became international bestsellers and are available in a vast array of countries and languages. A New York Times bestseller, Cleo is also currently being made into a film by the producers of The Whale Rider.
Like the main character of Tumbledown Manor, Helen has ancestral ties with rural Victoria from back in the gold rush days. She lives in Melbourne with her husband Philip and temperamental cat, Jonah. She has three adult children and two granddaughters.
Sometimes I think the greatest thing a writer can do is to make readers feel less alone. I read Heartburn at I time when I thought I was the only woman on Earth whose life was a mess. Ephron’s wit and resilience soon shook me out of self pity.
Probably the second greatest thing a writer can do is to make readers laugh – or at least smile - in recognition of their own weaknesses being reflected back at them. Humor writing is a high art form. Norah Ephron could be very funny.
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