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Elaine di Rollo was born in Ormskirk, Lancashire and now lives in Scotland, where she is a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University. She has a PhD in the social history of medicine from Edinburgh University. Her first novel, The Peachgrowers Almanac (Chatto and Windus, 2008) was shortlisted for the Saltire First Novel Award, the Guildford Literary Festival First Novel Award and the Scottish Arts Council First Novel Award. It was published in paperback as A Proper Education for Girls (Vintage, 2009). Elaine’s second novel, Bleakly Hall (Chatto and Windus) was published in 2011. It was released as a Vintage paperback in February 2012.

“The Peachgrowers Almanac is a spirited and energetic debut, witty and inventive and often just downright addictive”
The Sunday Independent (Ireland)

“I can’t remember the last time I read a novel that fizzed with so much energy, or swung so acrobatically between lightly carbonated comedy and pitch-black horror."
The Scotsman

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