Alice Thomas Ellis (aka Anna Haycraft) was born in Liverpool in September 1932. Her novels include Birds Of The Air; The 27th Kingdom, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; The Other Side Of The Fire, and Unexplained Laughter. For several years from 1985 she contributed a column ‘Home Life’ to The Spectator, and later wrote for The Universe (1989-1991) and The Catholic Herald. Her last work was Fish, Flesh and Good Red Herring, A Gallimaufry. She died in March 2005, aged 72.