HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist

Racey Helps (1913–1971)

Author of Pinny's Holiday (Medici books for children)

Includes the names: Helps Racey

MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
165 (207)377,601 (4.49)30
No events listed. (add an event)
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical name
Legal name
Other names
Date of birth
Date of death
Burial location
Gender
Nationality
Country (for map)
Birthplace
Place of death
Places of residence
Education
Occupations
Relationships
Organizations
Awards and honors
Agents
Short biography
Racey Helps married Irene Orr on 8th April 1936 and his daughter, Anne, was born in July 1937. He used to tell his young daughter a made-up story every night at bed time.
His first success as an author-artist came during World War II with stories written for her; when the war came, the little girl was packed off to a less noisy part of the country, but she still insisted on her story, and so Racey Helps wrote them down for her and drew pictures to illustrate them, and sent them to her.
Racey and Irene ran a hairdressing salon in Shepton Mallet, and on one occasion a publisher happend to drop in and picked up one of these handwritten and illustrated booklets and was enthralled by its content. Having established who was the author of this item, Racey was invited to London to discuss publication of future work with William Collins & Son, with whom he first became associated, then, subsequently, The Medici Society.
At the age of 57 Racey suddenly suffered a fatal heart attack and passed away at his Barnstaple home.
His books have been loved by many generations, and his characters are well known to children on both sides of the Atlantic, right up to the present day.
Disambiguation notice

Member ratings

Average: (4.49)
0.5 1
1 1
1.5
2 1
2.5
3
3.5
4 7
4.5 1
5 26

Author pictures (2)

   

(see all 2 author pictures)

Improve this author

Combine/separate works

Author division

Racey Helps is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.

Includes

Racey Helps is composed of 2 names. You can examine and separate out names.

Combine with…

 

You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 116,089,466 books! | Top bar: Always visible