Janet Ellis

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Janet trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.  She has appeared in theatres up and down the country and on TV in everything from Dr Who and The Sweeney to Jigsaw.  She presented Blue Peter for four years in the eighties, and since leaving has worked as an actress, presenter, broadcaster and writer. She is a regular panellist on Channel 5's The Wright Stuff and is a regular contributor to radio and TV, newspapers and magazines. Her first novel, The Butcher's Hook was published in 2016 and was longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize. She lives in London and has three children and three grandchildren.


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Ellis has created something marvellous in the character of Anne Jacob - her voice is strange, dark and utterly mesmeric. This is historical fiction as I've never encountered it before: full of viscera, snarling humour and obsessive desire. I loved it. 

Hannah Kent, bestselling author of BURIAL RITES
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This author remains one to watch. She has a sharp eye and a sharper wit. More importantly still, she possesses a subtle and compassionate understanding of the human heart.

Guardian
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Beautifully crafted. Janet Ellis is a masterful storyteller.

Clare Mackintosh, bestselling author of I LET YOU GO
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