Elizabeth Woodcraft with Sadie Nine on BBC Essex in 2019.
University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, United Kingdom
The University Of Birmingham where Elizabeth Woodcraft received her Bachelor of Arts degree.
Lambda Literary Award which Elizabeth Woodcraft received in 2002.
Elizabeth Woodcraft at a young age.
(Sharp, streetwise and totally engaging, Good Bad Woman is...)
Sharp, streetwise and totally engaging, Good Bad Woman is a slice of London life with a twist and the first in a new series featuring the irresistible Frankie Richmond. Frankie Richmond is a London barrister long on attitude and short on lucrative work. Her chaotic private life interrupts her professional one far too often but never so dangerously as when she agrees to defend an old friend. A routine appearance at a magistrate's court catapults Frankie into a nightmare from which she wakes up to find herself arrested - for murder.
(Barrister and sometime detective Frankie Richmond has nev...)
Barrister and sometime detective Frankie Richmond has never been any good at saying no - a fatal weakness that always leads to big trouble. In Birmingham for a child abuse inquiry, Frankie reluctantly agrees to fill in at a corpseless murder trial for one day only. But walking away from a juicy crime brief was never going to be easy. Especially when the defendant's girlfriend, who begs her for help to prove his innocence, is Frankie's idea of gorgeous.
(A Sense of Occasion is a collection of short stories that...)
A Sense of Occasion is a collection of short stories that describes the life of mod girls living on a working-class estate.
(1965 is a year of mods and rockers, the music of Motown, ...)
1965 is a year of mods and rockers, the music of Motown, milk bars, and ban-the-bomb marches. With memories of the war and the effects of rationing still being felt, young people are tasting the freedom a little money can bring. Best friends Sandra and Linda live on a working-class housing estate in Essex. They are mods, they have the clothes, a coffee bar with a jukebox and Ready Steady Go! on TV on a Friday night. And they have the Corn Exchange. At a time of great music, all the best performers come to Chelmsford including the Who, Wilson Pickett, and Georgie Fame. At the same time, the fear of the H-bomb is very real, the Vietnam War is taking the lives of thousands, and apartheid in South Africa is shocking the world. Sandra's New Year Resolution is to get engaged to Danny Mulroney, the local bad boy. She will go to any lengths to make it happen.
(It's 1964. England has shaken off its post-war gloom and ...)
It's 1964. England has shaken off its post-war gloom and the world is full of possibilities. Best friends Sandra and Linda live on a housing estate in Essex. They are aspiring mods: they have the music, the coffee bar and Ready Steady Go! on a Friday night. Having landed their first jobs, Linda and Sandra look set. But the world is changing rapidly, and both girls have difficult choices to make. As Sandra blindly pursues a proposal, Linda finds herself drawn to causes she knows are worth fighting for. But when Sandra's quest leads her to local bad boy Danny, she lands both her and Linda in more trouble than they bargained for.
(Angie Smith lives in Greenway, Chelmsford, with her elder...)
Angie Smith lives in Greenway, Chelmsford, with her elder sister Doreen, their struggling mother and their drunk, violent father. Bored of her job, and of her dull, ordinary boyfriend, Angie dreams of bigger and better things. But then she meets boutique owner Gene Battini. He is older, handsome, charming - and married. She is completely swept off her feet. But little does she know that Doreen is falling for Gene, too, and that their affair will have disastrous consequences. As things at home go from bad to worse, Angie and Doreen must struggle to fight for what they want. Can the girls from Greenway ever achieve their dreams?
Elizabeth Woodcraft attended the University of Birmingham where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy.
After receiving her degree, Elizabeth Woodcraft taught English in Leicestershire. She lived for a year in France, then worked for the National Women's Aid Federation, after which she read for the Bar. In her legal career, Woodcraft has represented a variety of protestors, activists, and laborers on strike. Among her other clients are battered women, child victims of sexual abuse, and gay parents pursuing parental rights.
Woodcraft's first novel, Good Bad Woman (2000), introduces English barrister Frankie Richmond, thirty-something lesbian suffering from career doldrums and a lack of lucrative work. This character also appeared in her second book, Babyface (2002). Her next book, A Sense of Occasion, was published only in 2015. This collection of interlinked short stories describes life in the Sixties, from a perspective never seen before - mod girls living on a working-class estate in Chelmsford - and shows how the Sixties made them into the people they became. The novel, Beyond the Beehive, tells the story of best friends Sandra and Linda in the year 1965.
The Essex Girls, out in 2018, is a book she wanted to write for most of her life because it seems to her that the world has not paid much attention to the lives of the mod, working-class girls, and she wanted to redress the balance. In 2019 Woodcraft published two books, The Saturday Girls and The Girls from Greenway. The novels describe the lives of working-class mod girls in Essex in the 1960s.
(Sharp, streetwise and totally engaging, Good Bad Woman is...)2000
(Barrister and sometime detective Frankie Richmond has nev...)2002
(Angie Smith lives in Greenway, Chelmsford, with her elder...)2019
(A Sense of Occasion is a collection of short stories that...)2015
(1965 is a year of mods and rockers, the music of Motown, ...)2016
(It's 1964. England has shaken off its post-war gloom and ...)2019