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Elaine Proctor was born in South Africa. As a filmmaker, she won the Cannes Mention Speciale - Prix de Camera D'Or, and has created television series for the BBC. She sits on the chapter for screenwriting at the BAFTA and is a member of the Writer's Guild of Great Britain. Rhumba is her first novel.

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'Epic, cinematic, passionate and poetic, politically astute, yet tender and moving, Rhumba proves Elaine Proctor to be a great novelist' Mike Leigh. * Mike Leigh *
'The misery of immigrants across Europe is touchingly recounted, however, the music, spirit and colour depicted in this rich novel keeps an optimist thread' Monocle Magazine. * Monocle Magazine *
'heart-warming and heart-breaking with gentle humour to counteract the more distressing aspects of the story. I loved it' New Books Magazine. * New Books Magazine *
'The sparse, precise and poetic language used by Elaine Proctor in her first novel reflects the beauty and the rhythm of rhumba ... a wonderful, vivid and unforgettable debut' New Internationalist. * New Internationalist *
'Well paced and beautifully written, this book is outstanding and will linger in your memory' Red. * Red *
'With rich evocative language ... This vivid first novel plunges us into a world of shifting morality where image is all-important, and many truths lie behind the facades' Tribune. * Tribune *
'A stunning novel, bringing to life sharply the central characters and their lives ... A riveting read' U Magazine. * U Magazine *
'Her writing, melodic as the rhumba alluded to throughout, plays off the grimy settings of North London and strikes the hidden wells of pain in each character' The National. * National *
'Takes us deep into the lives of Congolese immigrants in London ... a compelling piece of fiction, complete with a succession of terrific set-pieces and a touching plot ... thrilling' Daily Mail. * Daily Mail *

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