Ele Fountain worked as an editor in children’s publishing where she was responsible for launching and nurturing the careers of many prize-winning and bestselling authors.
She lived in Addis Ababa for several years, where she wrote her debut novel, Boy 87, which went on to win four awards and was nominated for ten more, including the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Her second novel, LOST, was a Guardian Children’s Book of the Year. FAKE has been selected as a BookTrust Future Classic. Her latest novel, WILD, was a Sunday Times Book of the Week. Her books have sold to twelve countries worldwide.
She has written for The Telegraph, SCOOP, BookTrust, and talked about her books and reading on Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC World Service, and to anyone who happens to be passing. She speaks regularly at schools and literary festivals, delivering talks and workshops drawing on twenty years’ experience in the publishing industry.
Ele lives in Hampshire with her husband, daughters, lots of spiders and a stripy ginger cat that thinks he is a tiger.