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 The Patchwork Girls (Pan Macmillan, October 2021) Helen returns home to her mother's house after the tragic death of her husband. Alone and not knowing where to turn, Helen finds herself joining the local women's sewing circle where their friendship mends something deeper in Helen . But when the reason for Helen's husband's death comes to light, her world is turned upside down yet again. As she pieces together old fabrics into a beautiful quilt, will Helen patch up the rifts in her own life?

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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