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About me

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Hello! I'm Helen. I have reported from Lebanon, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Federated States of Micronesia for the New Yorker, London Review of Books, New York Times and the Guardian, where I have a column called The Nature of, in which I profile a different animal (and the occasional inanimate object) every two weeks. It has been read three million times in two years.


I have been shortlisted for the Bragg Prize for Science Writing three times and my work features in four of the annual The Best Australian Science Writing anthologies. I am South African, but live in Sydney, where I am a reporter on the Guardian’s International desk. My reporting on Micronesia was supported by Arts NSW. 


My first book, a memoir called Freak of Nature, will be published by Scribner Australia in 2024. I am represented by the Wylie Agency in London.

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