There’s never been a moment when Ellee hasn’t written. She started her journalistic career at 16 years-old while on work experience with her local newspaper – and was promptly offered a regular Woman’s Page to write. She later became a PR professional working with an MEP and MP, aspiring political candidates, the healthcare and biotech industry, and entrepreneurs and innovators in Cambridge close to where she lives.
She became a successful ghost writer in 2009 with Being the Soham Psychic, and then authored The Shop Girls, a heartwarming memoir about shop girls’ lives in an elegant ladies department store between the 1940s-60s, which became a Sunday Times best read for 2014. Packed with unique accounts of social history at that time, Ellee was invited to speak at three literary festivals and numerous historical societies and women’s groups, recounting true stories of her shop girls’ lives in a bygone era during a golden age of retail.
Ellee is currently working on her debut saga series of three books based during WWI.
For Eve, Irene, Betty and Rosemary, working at the exclusive Heyworth’s department store in Cambridge is a dream come true. Once the girls step inside the elegant building – surrounded by luxurious dresses and beautiful accessories – the hardships of their own lives are temporarily forgotten. Serving a variety of curious customers, from glamorous gypsy queens to genuine royalty and stuffy academics to the city’s fashionable elite, the store is a place where these young women can forge successful careers, under the ever-watchful eye of flamboyant owner Mr Heyworth.
Set against the backdrop of the closing years of the Second World War, and moving into the 1950s, The Shop Girls perfectly captures the camaraderie and friendship of four ambitious young women working together in a store that offered them an escape from the drudgery of their wartime childhoods. Each of the girls’ stories will be individually published from July 2014 in fortnightly serialised ebooks, leading up to the release of the complete edition (with bonus material) in September.