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, published in 2020 and was a Guardian Children’s Book of the Year. Her latest novel, MELT, published earlier this year. Her books have sold to nine 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.
Ele lives in Hampshire with her husband, two young daughters and lots of spiders.