Elly Griffiths

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Elly Griffiths

Elly Griffiths was born in London, studied English at King's College London and worked in publishing for 15 years. She wrote four books (under her real name Domenica de Rosa) before her husband’s career change inspired her to write about forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway. Her agent told her she needed a 'crime name' so she became Elly Griffiths. The first Ruth book, The Crossing Places, won the Mary Higgins Clark award. The seventh book, The Ghost Fields, was published in March 2015 and The Zig Zag Girl, the first in a new series, in 2014. Elly lives near Brighton with her husband and two children.


Interviewed 18 July 2015

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, work.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

Sea, cat, garden, books, lucky pebbles, card with a stripy horse on it, broken filing cabinet, photos, mess.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Scrambled egg and marmite on toast.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Jilly Cooper, Marcus Brigstocke, Anne Tyler, Harry Leslie Smith, Germaine Greer, Bruce Springsteen, Novak Djokovic.

Six things you can't live without ...

Family, cat, books, phone, coffee, sea.

Five favourite words ...

Revolution, juxtaposition, liminal, outrageous, cool.

Four places you'd run away to ...

Fontana Liri, Italy; Holme-next-the-sea, Norfolk; New York; London.

Three books you've bought recently ...

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler, The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.

Two things that make you rant ...

The monarchy, people eating on trains.

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Thank you for keeping a diary.