One Day in Oradour


A hot summer’s day in an ordinary
village. An SS officer driven by
power and revenge ... and a boy
who won’t take orders.

Hard hitting, shocking and deeply
moving, this is a story that shows
the worst of human nature, and
the best

  • One Day In Oradour
  • One Day In Oradour
One Day in Oradour


Kelly and Ben are both outsiders.
Mysteriously drawn to one another, 
the two teenagers spend the summer
exploring an abandoned quarry,
intrigued by rumours that it is linked
to a devastating fire which destroyed
the Palace of Westminster over 170
years ago. But they unearth more
than they bargained 
for, including the
shocking truth behind a rail tragedy
in which lives were lost and families
were torn apart.

  • No Stone Unturned
  • No Stone Unturned
  • No Stone Unturned
One Day in Oradour


Two special collections of legends,
folk tales and ghost stories to
commemorate the WWI Centenary.
Fascinating, moving, sometimes scary,
these are the stories told by soldiers
and the people they left behind,
on both sides of the conflict.

  • The Ghost of the Trenches
  • The Ghost of the Trenches
  • The Ghost of the Trenches

Helen Watts


Latest blog posts:

Half-term storytelling
28 September 2016

African Adventure
29 July 2016

Fantastic fun with words
25 May 2016

Welcome to Helen Watts' official website

Here you can find out all you need to know about Helen's books, from her debut novel, the award-winning One Day In Oradour to her latest title No Stone Unturned. You can also stay up to date with Helen's latest Eventsbrowse the Photo gallery, read her Blog, share your thoughts and ask questions, and find out how to buy books or how to book an author visit or school workshopTo support and enhance your reading of Helen's novels, visit the Freebies page, where you can find Author Readings, Talking Points (which are ideal for book groups or class disussion), Fact Sheets and Visual Resources. Finally, go to the Books page for Reviews and plot summaries. And don't forget to keep coming back for competitions and chances to win signed copies of Helen's books.

One Day In Oradour was nominated for the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal for an outstanding book for children and young people, shortlisted for the 2014 Education Resources Awards, longlisted for the Hampshire Book Award 2014 and was the recipient of the 2014 Southern Schools Book Awards' 'Extraordinary Award'. Published in paperback and ebook format, the novel is also now available as an audio book, narrated by Jean Brassard (Fault In Our Stars). Order your copy now through Audible.

Helen's second novel, No Stone Unturned, was published in September 2014 by Bloomsbury (ACB Originals) and was shortlisted for the Warwickshire Junior Book Award 2015 and the Historical Association's Young Quills Award and was runner-up in the 2015 Alcester Schools Book Awards. You can read some of the reviews here

Helen has co-written two special centenary collections of stories from the First World War - The Ghost of the Trenches (for children) and the hardback collection for adults First World War Folk Tales

Forthcoming Events

Monday 24th October Ghost of the Trenches workshop, author reading and book signingThe National Memorial Aboretum, Staffordshire
FInd out about other forthcoming author events