Helen Sedgwick

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  • PhD in Physics
  • MLitt in Creative Writing
Alma mater
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow
  • Author
  • Literary editor
  • Research physicist
  • Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award (2012)
  • Glamour Book of the Year (2016)
  • Waterstones Scottish Book of the Month (2016)
  • Saltire Society Fiction Book of the year shortlist (2018)

Helen Sedgwick is an author of literary fiction and crime fiction, a literary editor, and a research physicist.[1] She lives in Tain, in Ross-shire in the Scottish Highlands.[2]


Sedgwick was born in London and lived in Chiswick [3] before leaving to study Physics at Bristol University.[4] She gained a PhD in Physics from Edinburgh University [5] and she has an MLitt in Creative Writing from Glasgow University.[6]

After leaving physics research to become a freelance writer,[7] Sedgwick worked as the joint Managing Director of Cargo Publishing from 2014-2015,[8] a role she shared with Gill Tasker.[9] Sedgwick was also the Managing Editor of Gutter magazine and worked as a creative writing tutor.[10]

She released her first novel in 2016, The Comet Seekers,[11] which was published by Harvill Secker [12] in the UK and by HarperCollins [13] in the US and Canada. This was followed by her second novel, The Growing Season,[14] which was shortlisted for a Saltire Society Fiction Book of the year in 2018.[15] Sedgwick's latest novel is When The Dead Come Calling,[16] the first book in the Burrowhead Mysteries crime trilogy.[17] She cites her scientific background as a big influence on her writing.[18]

Sedgwick is a member of The Society of Authors [19] and the Crime Writers Association.[20] She lives in the Scottish Highlands with her partner Michael Gallacher and their daughter.[21]


  • 2012 Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award.[22]
  • 2016 Glamour Book of the Year: The Comet Seekers.[23]
  • 2016 Waterstones Scottish Book of the Month: The Comet Seekers.
  • 2018 Saltire Society Fiction Book of the year shortlist: The Growing Season.[24]



  • The Comet Seekers (2016)
  • The Growing Season (2017)
  • When The Dead Come Calling (2020)

Short stories [25]

  • The Archaeologist of Akrotiri, New Writing Scotland 35 (2017)
  • Duality, Out there (2014)

In the media



  1. Author Interviews, Helen Sedgwick, authorinterviews.co.uk (2019)
  2. Ross-shire Journal, Seven Days Guide, www.whatson-north.co.uk, Jan 3 (2020)
  3. Chiswick Book Festival Chiswick Timeline of Writers & Books, www.chiswickbookfestival.net (2020)
  4. Scotsman, Helen Sedgwick discusses her first novel, www.scotsman.com, Aug 16 (2016)
  5. Edinburgh International Book Festival Author biography, www.edbookfest.co.uk (2016)
  6. Glasgow University Alumni, www.gla.ac.uk
  7. BBC, Helen Sedgwick biography, www.bbc.co.uk, Feb 24 (2013)
  8. The Skinny, Books News: Big changes at Cargo Publishing, www.theskinny.co.uk, March 11 (2014)
  9. The Bookseller, Tasker and Sedgwick become Cargo joint MDs, www.thebookseller.com, March 12 (2014)
  10. Scottish Book trust Helen Sedgwick on the Live Literature Database, www.scottishbooktrust.com
  11. The Herald, Face to Face: Author Helen Sedgwick on her first novel The Comet Seekers and the consoling scale of the universe, www.heraldscotland.com, Sept 12 (2016)
  12. Penguin Books, The Comet Seekers, www.penguin.co.uk (2016)
  13. HarperCollins, Helen Sedgwick, www.harpercollins.com (2016)
  14. Penguin Books, Helen Sedgwick, www.penguin.co.uk (2017)
  15. Scottish Review of Books, Saltire Literary Awards Shortlist Announced, www.scottishreviewofbooks.org Oct 23 (2018)
  16. The Herald Hot List Ones to Watch, www.heraldscotland.com, Jan 6 (2020)
  17. The Bookseller, Sedgwick's Atmospheric Crime Trilogy to Point Blank, www.thebookseller.com March 1 (2018)
  18. BBC Radio 4, Helen Sedgwick on Woman's Hour, www.bbc.co.uk (2016)
  19. The Society of Authors Helen Sedgwick, www.societyofauthors.org
  20. The Crime Writers Association Helen Sedgwick, thecwa.co.uk
  21. Crime Review Countdown with Helen Sedgwick, www.crimereview.co.uk (2020)
  22. Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awardees, www.scottishbooktrust.com (2012)
  23. Glamour, The 10 Best Novels of 2016, www.glamourmagazine.co.uk Dec 2 (2016)
  24. Saltire Society 2018 shortlist, www.saltiresociety.org.uk (2018)
  25. Helen Sedgwick, Publications, www.helensedgwick.com

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