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 latest book, The Teashop Girls (Macmillan), in 1940's Kent, Rose works as a Lyon’s Teashop nippy alongside the ambitious Lily, and Katie, whose fiancé is about to be posted overseas. When Captain Benjamin Hargreaves comes to the teashop, Rose is immediately drawn to him. Even though Lyon’s forbids courting between staff and customers, she can't help following her heart. But is the dashing captain what he seems?

Elaine is happily married and mad about dogs; she 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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