‘A finely-drawn portrait of family and memory and history – tender and true.’ Rachel Seiffert, author of Man Booker Prize-shortlisted The Dark Room

My second novel, Connective Tissue, which is based on the life of my grandmother, a Holocaust refugee from Berlin, will be published by Taproot Press in 2023. Find out more.

I am a writer of fiction and creative non-fiction and I live in Edinburgh. The focus of much of my writing is migration, social history and remembrance.

Research for Connective Tissue was completed as part of my PhD in Creative Writing at the University of the West of Scotland. 

My first novel The Tin-Kin (Duckworth, 2009) was a fictionalised family story about three generations of Scottish Travellers, who move off the road and chaotically adapt to life in the town. An early chapter won the 2007 New Writing Ventures Award for Fiction, and the book went on to win the Saltire First Book of the Year Award in 2010. I was also featured on BBC TV’S The Culture Show as one of the year’s best new novelists. Click here for reviews. Click here for The Tin-Kin podcast.

‘It conjures landscape by strength of voice, and its take on history is as bracing and cleansing as the local weather.’ Ali Smith on The Tin-Kin in The Guardian, Saturday 13 June 2009

For four years I have been the Community Writer in Residence for The Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Citizen Project.

Since 2001, I have also offered writing services including copywriting, editing, ghostwriting, proofreading, blogging and voice recording. I’m happy to work across time zones, and my clients are primarily small to medium business owners and individuals in the USA, Canada and the UK. To discuss working together, please contact me here.

My writing life has gradually adapted to fit around a busy family. I have two children, the youngest a keen para-swimmer, which for me means lots of poolside reading!



If you’re looking for the other Eleanor Thom, author of Private Parts, you’ll find her website at: www.eleanorthom.co.uk