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Elizabeth Laird was born in New Zealand in 1943, the fourth of five children. In 1945, Laird and her family returned to Britain and she grew up in South London, where she was educated at Croydon High School. When she was eighteen, Laird started teaching at a school in Malaysia.

She decided to continue her adventurous life, even though she was bitten by a poisonous snake and went down with typhoid. After attending the university in Bristol, Laird began teaching English in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She and a friend would hire mules and go into remote areas in the holidays. After a while at Edinburgh University, Laird worked in India for a summer. During travel, she met her future husband, David McDowall. The couple were married in 1975 and have two sons, Angus and William. Laird has also visited Iraq and Lebanon. She claims to dislike snakes, porridge and being cold but enjoys very dark chocolate, Mozart, reading and playing the violin in the Iraq Symphony Orchestra. She and her husband currently divide their time between London and Edinburgh.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Elizabeth Laird

The Lure of the Honey Bird The Storytellers of Ethiopia by Elizabeth Laird
The Lure of the Honey Bird The Storytellers of Ethiopia
Elizabeth Laird
August 2013 Book of the Month. Elizabeth Laird first visited Ethiopia in 1967 as a young woman taking up her first teaching post but it wasn’t until the 1990’s that she was...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/07/2013
Crusade by Elizabeth Laird
Crusade
Elizabeth Laird
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2007. Two boys, Adam and Salim, come face to face when they find themselves on opposing sides in a Holy war. Adam is part of a Crusade to reclaim Jerusalem from...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/06/2007

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www.elizabethlaird.co.uk/
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