After leaving university with a BA in English Literature and history Helen worked for a number of years in the Court Service before becoming a full time mother of three. Her interest in the life and works of Jane Austen developed from the research she did for her MA dissertation which was about the lives of women in late Georgian England.
`Their affection for each other was extreme; it passed the common love of sisters; and it had been so from childhood. They were everything to each other. They seemed to lead a life to themselves within the general family life, which was shared only by each other. I will not say that their true, but their fullfeelings and opinions were known only to themselves. They alone fully understood what each other had suffered and felt and thought.' -- Anna Austen Lefroy, niece