Elizabeth Woodcraft grew up on a working class housing estate in Essex. She was a mod and worked in the local milk bar. She became a barrister, practising from the chambers of Michael Mansfield QC, representing Greenham Common peace campaigners, striking miners, and anti-apartheid campaigners, as well as domestic violence survivors and children who suffered abuse in and out of the home. Now she is a full time writer. She spends time in Paris, where she writes but also drinks a lot of coffee. The rest of the time she sits in her kitchen in London drinking coffee and writing.
Her most recent books are set in the Sixties - mods and rockers, the music of Motown, milk bars and ban-the-bomb marches. With memories of the war and the effects of rationing still being felt, young people are tasting the freedom a little money can bring. The Saturday Girls (formerly Beyond the Beehive) was published in August 2018 by Bonnier Zaffre.
Talking about A Sense of Occasion, Elizabeth's collection of interlinked short stories, also set in 60s Essex, writer and social commentator Beatrix Campbell said:
'Woodcraft has a light, lovely and loving touch. Her Chelmsford stories are intense, easy, evocative of times, places and passions.'
Her crime novel Good Bad Woman (HarperCollins) the first in a series featuring barrister Frankie Richmond, was short listed for a CWA prize for best first crime novel, and won a Lambda award in the US. A third Frankie Richmond novel - Crazy Arms - is on the way.
Follow her on Twitter @lizwoodcraft