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Andy SeedSusan Elliot Wright grew up in Lewisham in south-east London, left school at 16 and married unwisely at 18. She didn’t begin to pursue her childhood dream of writing until she left her unhappy marriage and went to university at the age of 30.  After gaining a degree in English, she decided to choose a new name, and began flicking through the phonebook for ideas. She settled on Elliot and changed her name by deed poll. Then she met ‘Mr Right’ (actually, Mr Wright) to whom she is now happily married.

As well as her first degree, she has an MA in Writing from Sheffield Hallam University, where she is now an Associate Lecturer. Previously, she has had a varied employment history – among other things, she’s been a civil servant, a washer-upper, a teacher of English literature, a wedding cake-maker, and a chef. Her more recent background is in journalism, and she is the author of nine non-fiction books. She now teaches creative writing and mentors new writers, while still occasionally working as a chef to satisfy her passion for cooking.

Several of her short stories have won or been shortlisted for awards, and one of these, Day Tripper, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Susan still lives in Sheffield with her husband and a big black dog called Henry. Although she is happier living in Sheffield than she has ever been, she still dreams of one day living near the sea.

Susan’s first novel, The Things We Never Said, was published by Simon & Schuster in May 2013, to terrific reviews and went straight into the Nielson bestseller chart. This was followed by The Secrets We Left Behind, What She Lost, and in 2018: If I Should Fall.

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Susan Elliot Wright"Passionate, intriguing and beautifully written" 
Rachel Hore

"Staggeringly accomplished"
 Veronica Henry

"Tightly woven and tender"
 Isabel Ashdown

She trusted her mother to tell her the truth.  Her mother lied.

Eleanor and her mother Marjorie have always had a difficult relationship and although they’ve tried, they have somehow just failed to connect. Now Marjorie has Alzheimer’s, and as her memory fades, her grip on what she has kept hidden begins to loosen. When she calls her daughter to say, ‘There’s something I have to tell you,’ Eleanor hopes this will be the moment she learns the truth about the terrible secret that has cast a shadow over both their lives.

But Marjorie’s memory is failing fast and she can’t recall what she wanted to say. Eleanor knows time is running out, and as she tries to gently uncover the truth before it becomes lost inside her mother’s mind forever, she begins to discover what really happened when she was a child – and why…

BIBLIOGRAPHY: What She Lost, Simon and Schuster, 2017; The Secrets We Left Behind, Simon & Schuster, 2014; The Things We Never Said, Simon & Schuster, 2013; When Someone you Love has Dementia, Sheldon Press, 2010 ('Highly Commended' in the BMA book awards 2010); Coping with Epilepsy in Children and Young People, Sheldon Press, 2009. Overcoming Insomnia, Sheldon Press 2008; Living with Heart Failure, Sheldon Press 2006; Overcoming Emotional Abuse, Sheldon Press, 2007; Coping with Type 2 Diabetes, Sheldon Press 2004; Amphetamines and Ecstasy, Hodder Wayland, (Health Issues) 2005; Heroin, Hodder Wayland, (Health Issues) 2004; Epilepsy, Hodder Wayland, (Health Issues) 2005; Puberty, Hodder Wayland, (Health Issues) 2005.