Helen Hodgman lived in Colchester, Essex and arrived in Tasmania with her family in 1958 as part of the Rotary Club's 'Bring Out a Briton' campaign. She attended Teachers' College in Hobart and during the 1960s worked as a bank teller and teacher in Tasmania. As an adult she lived and worked in London at a variety of odd jobs and spent much time writing.
In 1977, Hodgman and her family moved to Canada where she was involved with theatre, writing plays and promoting the work of women in theatre, before returning to live in Sydney. She has written for theatre, film and television both in Australia and abroad. Among her works are 'The Right Hand Man' (screenplay, Australia UAA Films 1984/85) 'Eden's Lost' and 'Giant Freesias' (television adaptation of three Elizabeth Jolley short stories, Zowie Films, 1989/90).
In 1985 she was awarded a writer's fellowship by the Literature Board of the Australia Council.
Jack and JillBlue Skies & Jack and Jill
1978single work novel satire 'Jill and her dad are happy enough after her mother dies. Theirs is a simple life in the outback, far from the big city where a coathanger is being built across a sparkling harbour.
'Until Jack arrives at their door one evening, and steps inside to find the skinny, wild-looking child sitting with her grim-faced father. It's the start of all Jill's problems.
'"Absence makes the heart grow fonder," threatens Jack, as he marches off to war. And he's right, in a way—but this is no ordinary romance.
'Spanning the period from the Depression to the freewheeling '60s, Helen Hodgman's award-winning second book is a masterpiece, a twisted fairytale told with her characteristic dark wit.' (From the Penguin website.)