Elaine was born and raised 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 latest novel, A Mother Forever (Macmillan, March 2021), Ruby is pregnant, penniless and exhausted. She hopes that moving to a new home with husband Eddie will be a new start for them. And with the help of the community and particularly their neighbour Stella, it seems like it could be. But when war breaks out, heartbreak and loss will fracture the community and drive both Stella and Ruby to breaking point. Will they be able to stay strong until their men return to them?

When she isn't writing, Elaine runs The Write Place creative writing school in Hextable, Kent. She lives with her husband, Michael, and Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Henry.

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