Bethan Ellis was born in Rochford, Essex. She studied English at Queens’ College Cambridge and Creative Writing at Warwick University, where she was supervised by AL Kennedy and Maureen Freely. Her first novel, The Benefactor, drew on her experience as a strategy consultant working in London and New York during the onset of the financial crisis. She is working on a second novel, exploring life along the margins of the Thames Estuary.
She was associate publisher at And Other Stories, helping take the grassroots publisher from start-up to Booker shortlist in its first twelve months. She was responsible for the co-distribution deal with Faber which saw Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home pitted against Hilary Mantel’s Bringing up the Bodies in bookshops up and down the land. Other successes during her time at And Other Stories include seeing Juan Pablo Villalobos’s Down the Rabbit Hole to the shortlist for the Guardian First Book award, and securing the publication of Helen DeWitt’s critically-acclaimed satirical novel Lightning Rods.