Helle Helle was born and grew up in Rødby on the Danish island of Lolland, worked as a host on the P4 youth programme of the Danish Broadcasting Association, and attended the Forfatterskolen (writers' school) from 1989 to 1991. She published short stories in newspapers, periodicals, and anthologies before she made her debut in 1993 with the novel Eksempel på liv, depicting a series of fragments of people's lives and thus providing uncharitably humorous snapshots of human fear and loneliness in today's world. In 1996 she published the collection of short stories Rester, which became popular teaching material in Danish schools.
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The above biography was first published in 1998. Since then, Helle Helle has written the novels Hus og hjem, 1999,Forestillingen om et ukompliceret liv med en mand, 2002, Rødby-Puttgarden, 2005, Ned til hundene, 2008, and Dette burde skrives i nutid, 2011. She has also written novels Biler og dyr, and a children's book.
Helle Helle has received several prizes, honours, and awards, including the lifelong artists' grant from the Danish Arts Foundation. She has been nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize and her short stories and novels are translated into ten languages.