Profile: Helen Oyeyemi

Helen Oyeyemi is a British novelist. She lives in Prague with an ever-increasing number of teapots, and has written nine books so far.



  • 2009 Shirley Jackson Award finalist for White Is for Witching
  • Winner of the 2010 Somerset Maugham Award for White Is for Witching 
  • Recognized as one of the women on Venus Zine’s “25 under 25” list in 2009
  • Included in the 2013 Granta Best of Young British Novelists list.
  • Finalist for the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Boy, Snow, Bird 
  • Winner of the PEN Open Book Award for an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color published in 2016 for What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

Featured Work

There’s something strange about the Silver family house in the closed-off town of Dover, England. Grand and cavernous with hidden passages and buried secrets, it’s been home to four generations of Silver women—Anna, Jennifer, Lily, and now Miranda, who has lived in the house with her twin brother, Eliot, ever since their father converted it to a bed-and-breakfast. The Silver women have always had a strong connection, a pull over one another that reaches across time and space, and when Lily, Miranda’s mother, passes away suddenly while on a trip abroad, Miranda begins suffering strange ailments. An eating disorder starves her. She begins hearing voices. When she brings a friend home, Dover’s hostility toward outsiders physically manifests within the four walls of the Silver house, and the lives of everyone inside are irrevocably changed. At once an unforgettable mystery and a meditation on race, nationality, and family legacies, White is for Witching is a boldly original, terrifying, and elegant novel by a prodigious talent.

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