Helen Rappaport

Helen Rappaport came to history and biography by a somewhat circuitous route. After obtaining a degree in Russian Special Studies at Leeds University she worked as an actress for many years. During this time she undertook commissions to produce literal translations from Russian for new versions by playwrights such as Trevor Griffiths, Frank McGuinness, David Hare and Tom Stoppard. She has now translated all seven Chekhov plays, most recently Ivanov for the much acclaimed new version by Tom Stoppard starring Ken Branagh in 2008

In the early 1990s she moved into freelance history writing for reference works whilst acting as a freelance editor for various London and Oxford publishers and later becoming an outhouse desk editor for Blackwell, Oxford. In 1998 she took a deep breath and gave up editorial work to write full time. A passionate Victorianist and genealogist, she is also fascinated by Russia in the revolutionary period of the 1900s and hopes to continue dividing her published output between these two subject areas.

She is a member of the Society of Authors, The Victorian Society, The Crimean War Research Society and Writers in Oxford.