Helen’s first non-fiction book – My Garden, the City and Me: Rooftop Adventures in the Wilds of London – was published by Timber Press in 2011. It’s about the glory of growing things and urban nature. The book was nominated for two garden writing awards, and translated for sale in China.

Her second – Adrift: A Secret Life of London’s Waterways – was published by Icon Books in spring 2016. It explores the people, politics, history and wildlife of London’s canals and rivers. Blending nature writing, social observation and memoir, Adrift is an intimate and unusual portrait of London, and of life.

Helen has also contributed essays to books including Vitamin Green (Phaidon), Lost in London (Portico) and London for Londoners (Time Out).



  1. Lilith

    My daughter loved this book that I arranged to have sent to her ..she has been so inspired she is tackling the back garden and has also ordered a copy just for me . Thank you!

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