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I’m thrilled to announce the long-awaited children’s version of CLEO will be released by Allen & Unwin NZ toward the end of 2019.
Exquisitely illustrated by Phoebe Morris, CLEO AND ROB tells our story through Rob’s six year-old eyes.
Ever since CLEO was published, I’ve had countless emails from people asking for a book that might help children through the loss of a sibling or young friend.
It’s a challenging topic, and I’m hugely grateful to Jenny Hellen and her team for taking this book on.

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  • Françoise

    Hello Helen,

    I am a French reader and a huge fan of your books. 😉

    Last year I read Bono in English so I am really surprised in reading the summary witten by the French publisher on
    According to it you decided to adopt Bono and it helped you to overcome a breakup !
    Did the story change for the French readers ?

    I am looking forwards to reading your next book ! 🙂

    Best regards


  • Jill Anderson

    Dear Helen, our ‘hood has just established a Tiny Library in Wainui, Gisborne, and as I finally gave up “Johnathon Livingston Seagull” and a couple of not-enjoyed books as my contributions to the pointy-roofed edifice I spied “Cleo”. amongst several unknown novels and about 4 copies of “50 Shades of Grey”!! Having loved your articles in “The Dominion” years ago when I lived in Wellington I was thrilled to find one of your books and grabbed it immediately. I have just finished it, loved every word and thank you so much for it. You guessed it, I am a dog person usually, but have been captivated by Cleo and her healing and loving gift that she bestowed upon your family. Bless you, and your family, and especially Sam (I also have a son called Sam, he is an artist, lives in London), you’ve made my recent days of winter much more enjoyable. Jill

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