Helen Brown

Helen Brown was born and brought up in New Zealand. After attending school in New Plymouth she studied journalism and became a cadet reporter with The Dominion. After meeting and marrying a Brit, Helen lived in England briefly before returning to New Zealand and having two sons, Sam and Rob. She became a popular columnist for The Dominion and her first book had recently been published when Sam was run over and killed. After the birth of her daughter, Lydia, Helen's marriage broke up and she moved to Auckland to work for the Auckland Star as a feature writer and columnist. Helen met and married Philip Gentry in 1991. Their family moved en masse to Melbourne in 1997, though Helen continues to write columns for the New Zealand media, where she's been voted Columnist of the Year several times.

Books by Helen Brown

Occupational Therapy in Australia

Published: February 2017

A foundational textbook for occupational therapy undergraduates providing a guide to practice issues in the Australian context.

Tumbledown Manor

Published: September 2014

A witty, entertaining novel about a woman who leaves the rat race for a quiet life restoring an old mansion from the bestselling author of Cleo.

After Cleo

Published: March 2013

Many strong minded women have headstrong daughters. But this isn't supposed to extend to their cats.


Published: September 2010

A warm and often funny book about love, loss and redemption. It's also a book about small black cat who helped mend a family's broken hearts by sheer force of her personality.

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