Helen Harris

The Man Who Kept the Sweet Shop at the Bus Station

This story catapulted me straight back to my thirteen year old self.  It could have been the very same sweet shop, the very  same bus station and the very same bus.  Perfect as a piece of social history.

Taken from The Penguin Book of Modern Women’s Short Stories (edited by Susan Hill (1990)

But who is Helen Harris? Little is known about her, she doesn’t have a Wikipedia page. I found this article   in Thresholds showing I’m not the only one who’s wondering.  I hope she wrote other stuff, and if she didn’t, how on earth did this story end up in the Penguin Collection? The plot thickens …

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