Helly Acton

Helly Acton is a copywriter from London. She studied Law at King’s College London before going into advertising. In her twenties, Helly escaped the rat race and took a career break. After a life-affirming break-up she returned home to find herself the last of her single friends. Helly threw herself into online dating and uses her experience as a single woman in her thirties as inspiration for her stories.




A fabulous romp of a novel

Clare Pooley
Author of The Authenticity Project

I absolutely loved it - such a clever concept, so well executed and with a perfect ending! Such a clever, brilliant book!

Katie Fforde

I really loved it! Subversive, feminist and a real breath of fresh air. I inhaled this!

Laura Jane Williams

I haven't been so immediately sucked in by a novel IN YEARS. Not only is the idea brilliant and original, but Helly's writing is also compelling and hilarious. The Shelf is a must-read and I cannot recommend it highly enough

Lucy Vine

I absolutely LOVED The Shelf. One of those delicious books you just can't put down. So many gorgeous witty one-liners. Utter PERFECTION!

Marian Keyes

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