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Helen Simpson won the award in 1991 for Four Bare Legs in a Bed and Other Stories

  1. Be brave, be honest and only write what you want to write, not what you think you ought to write.
  1. Get used to your own company and to working on your own.
  1. Keep at it!

Helen Simpson’s sixth short-story collection, Cockfosters, follows Four Bare Legs in a Bed (1990), Dear George (1995), Hey Yeah Right Get a Life (2000), Constitutional (2005) and In-Flight Entertainment (2010).  She lives in London.


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