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Janet Ellis

Former Blue Peter presenter and actress Janet Ellis was born on 16 September, 1955 and published her debut novel, the critically acclaimed The Butcher’s Hook, in 2016.

Janet was a presenter of Blue Peter from 1979 to 1987 and is the mother of Sophie Ellis-Bextor. She was born in Chatham, Kent and worked on many children’s shows and did voiceover work before attending a writing course in 2014. She then submitted The Butcher’s Hook to various publishers under a pseudonym.


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Janet Ellis Books

  • How It Was

    Janet Ellis

    Product Code: BYWEK
    Hardback
    In a 1970s village in rural Kent, lives go on in an unremarkable way. But Marion Deacon, struggling with being a wife and mother, is about to set events in motion that she cannot control in a story of love, motherhood, betrayal, and long-hidden secrets . . . because everyone has at least one secret. 'Janet Ellis writes with tenderness and wisdom . . . This book will sneak up behind you and break your heart' Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said Marion Deacon sits by the hospital bed of her dying husband, Michael. Outwardly she is, as she says, an unremarkable old woman. She has long concealed her history - and her feelings - from the casual observer. And she's learned to ignore her own past, too. But as she sits by Michael's bed, she's haunted by memories of events from almost forty years ago. She and Michael were recently married; their children, Eddie and Sarah, still young. Theirs was an uneventful life in a small village. But, stiflingly bored in her role as mother and wife, Marion fell for a married man, an affair that sparked a chain of events which re-sets all their lives. Moving between the voices of Marion, her teenage daughter Sarah and her youngest son, Eddie, How It Was is a story of love, loss and betrayal. Through Marion and Sarah, Janet Ellis explores the tensions at the heart of mother-daughter relationships, the pressure women face to be the perfect wife and mother, and how life rarely turns out the way we imagine it will when we are young. 'It's wonderful - a brutal tale of a fraught mother-daughter relationship' Emma Kennedy
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  • The Butcher's Hook

    Janet Ellis

    Product Code: AVHGG
    Paperback
    'KNOWS HOW TO KEEP HER AUDIENCE HOOKED' The Times 'A MASTERFUL STORYTELLER' Clare Mackintosh 'DARK, WEIRD AND GLORIOUSLY FEMINIST' Elle Georgian London, in the summer of 1763. At nineteen, Anne Jaccob, the elder daughter of well-to-do parents, meets Fub the butcher's apprentice and is awakened to the possibilities of joy and passion. Anne lives a sheltered life: her home is a miserable place and her parents have already chosen a more suitable husband for her than Fub. But Anne is an unusual young woman and is determined to pursue her own happiness in her own way...even if that means getting a little blood on her hands. 'A SHARP EYE AND A SHARPER WIT' Guardian 'A SPIRITED, DARK DEBUT' Woman & Home 'STRANGE, DARK AND UTTERLY MESMERIC' Hannah Kent
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