Elaine was born and brought up in Kent and sets her gripping sagas on the outskirts of London. Her first book The Woolworths Girls (Macmillan) was an instant success on publication and has sold more than 50,000 copies.

In Elaine's new book, Wartime at Woolworths (Macmillan), not all is well for the Woolworths girls, Sarah, Maisie and Freda. Maisie's happy life with her husband and daughter often lead her to think of the family she left behind. Sarah and her husband are blissfully happy and long for another child, but dark days lie ahead. Freda heads home to Birmingham, back to the life she fled – far from the safety of Woolworths. With families’ separated by war, will the Woolworths girls be able to pull together?

Married to Michael, Elaine is mad about dogs and exhibits Henry (her latest family member) at many championship shows, including Crufts. She also runs The Write Place creative writing school, which she founded in 2009.

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