Henry led a marred childhood growing up in poverty and a neighborhood lacking basic facilities. His father, Carl Wells, was a brewery worker, and his mother, Maria Calavart, a printer. The most significant childhood influence that cast a lasting impression on Henry was his maternal grandmother, who lived with them. He loved writing and began writing short stories and his diary at the age of nine. Wells attended Spring Lane Primary School and was later accepted to Northampton Primary School. There, he was introduced to middle-class and better-educated people, then, he worked in construction and design. Currently, he writes tips for all those who want to buy their first house.