Rochedale, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Helen Dale studied at the Redeemer Lutheran College.
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Helen Dale had a graduate-level study at the University of Queensland.
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
In 2012 Helen Dale received a Bachelor of Laws degree at the Edinburgh Law School.
(This book tells the story of Vitaly, a Urkranian peasant,...)
This book tells the story of Vitaly, a Urkranian peasant, who endures the destruction of his village and family by Stalin's communists. He welcomes the Nazi invasion in 1941 and willingly enlists in the SS Death Squads to take a horrifying revenge against those he perceives to be his persecutors.
(784 ab urbe condita — 31 AD. Jerusalem sits uneasily in a...)
784 ab urbe condita — 31 AD. Jerusalem sits uneasily in a Roman Empire that has seen an industrial revolution and now has cable news and flying machines—and rites and morals that are strange and repellent to the native people of Judaea. A charismatic young leader is arrested after a riot in the Temple. He seems to be a man of peace, but among his followers are Zealots and dagger-men sworn to drive the Romans from the Holy Land.
(786 ab urbe condita — 33 AD. Time is running out for Yesh...)
786 ab urbe condita — 33 AD. Time is running out for Yeshua Ben Yusuf, on trial for capital crimes after rioting against the moneychangers in the temple.His Roman defence lawyer and the Legion's military prosecutor bring their witnesses before Pontius Pilate — followers, soldiers, religious leaders, even his mother — revealing the accused man in ways that surprise and move those gathering for the verdict, shifting the orbit of their lives. As Yeshua Ben Yusuf awaits judgment, the wounded Zealots prepare a final desperate strike. On the outskirts of Jerusalem, the occupation, the resistance and one holy man will meet their fate together.
Helen Dale studied at the Redeemer Lutheran College in Rochedale. She had a graduate-level study at the University of Queensland. In 2012 she received a Bachelor of Laws degree at the Edinburgh Law School.
In 1994 a twenty-three-year-old Australian novelist, writing under the name Helen Demidenko, captured the attention of her country’s literary establishment with her first book "The Hand That Signed the Paper". This book based on her family’s history. "The Hand That Signed the Paper" recounts alleged Ukrainian atrocities against the Jews during World War II, focusing particularly on crimes committed at the Treblinka concentration camp in the Ukraine. The book caused an immediate sensation and won some of Australia’s top literary prizes.
To the chagrin of Australian reviewers, pundits, and the publishing community, in 1995 the book was revealed to be a hoax — perhaps the most infamous hoax in Australian literary history. The public learned that Helen Demidenko was really Helen Darville; that her father had not been a Ukrainian taxi driver, nor her mother a poor Irish immigrant, but that her family was of English origin, that the author had been born and raised in Brisbane, Australia, and that the book was not an account of events in her family’s history but largely the product of her imagination. When first confronted with the facts, Darville insisted that she was an ethnic Ukrainian and that the book was factual. Later she recanted and acknowledged that she was not Ukrainian. In defending her work, Darville said, "I decided to take Demidenko, a Ukrainian name, in empathy with the characters I was creating. The persona adopted for my writing took over my life."
Ukrainian immigrants attacked the book as historically inaccurate, and some Jews found it anti-Semitic, particularly for its implication that the Ukrainian war crimes it depicted were a reprisal against Jews for supposedly collaborating with the Soviet Communist Party in the 1930s. Still others expressed dismay that the literary establishment could so easily have been duped. Despite the outcry, Darville retained her prizes, and the book was republished in Australia under her real name.
She has worked variously as a graphic designer, property law lecturer, and physical education teacher. In 2014, Dale returned to Australia, becoming a senior adviser to David Leyonhjelm. She resigned during the election campaign in 2016. Her latest two-part novel is "Kingdom of the Wicked". The first book "Rules" came out in 2017 and the second "Order" in 2018.
(This book tells the story of Vitaly, a Urkranian peasant,...)1994
(784 ab urbe condita — 31 AD. Jerusalem sits uneasily in a...)2017
(786 ab urbe condita — 33 AD. Time is running out for Yesh...)2018