Elli spent a lot of her childhood with her nose in a book, much to the annoyance of the lampposts she used to bump into when reading and walking at the same time. When she wasn’t reading she was playing the piano, and for a long time she considered a career in music, before taking the obvious step of studying Social Anthropology at university. Armed with a fun by not very practical MA degree, she then travelled to Thailand and lived there for six years, teaching herself Thai and working as a Thai – English translator. She now lives in London with her husband and so many children (four of them) that she can’t remember their birthdays and regularly muddles their names. She now divides her time between writing and translation work, and when she’s not doing either she can often be found singing in a chamber choir or joining in with Renaissance polyphony in the local pub.