A smart, sexy, witty novel about love and desire, and how losing everything can sometimes be the best thing that ever happened to you
What readers are saying about The Love Factory:
'The first time I've wanted to start re-reading a book from the moment I finished it'
'Like Sex and the City on acid'
'Anna [is] a heart-capturing protagonist'
'a warm, inclusive, big-hearted book'
You can control want, but desire controls you
When literary writer Anna falls on hard times, she tries her hand at erotic fiction to make money, and faces an uncomfortable truth. Though she's a wife and mother of two, her stories fail to fly because she's never experienced true sexual desire. Even her Sicilian grandmother - wearer of diamante sunglasses and knock-off Louis Vuitton - knows more than she does about real passion.
Anna turns to her friends for inspiration. As secrets and desires are revealed, she discovers more about the people close to her than she ever knew. When one of them suggests she borrow an alter ego to banish her inhibitions, a new world opens up, and The Love Factory - a group of writers penning ever more successful sexy stories - is born.
Yet Anna knows that she can't rely on borrowed passion and an alter ego forever. For her tales to truly sizzle, she needs to find a true love of her own.
This is epic story telling. Tender and moving, Rhumba proves Elaine Proctor to be a great novelist
A compelling piece of fiction, complete with a succession of terrific set-pieces and a touching plot ... thrilling - Daily Mail
This beautifully written book, peopled with rich characters and concerned with eternal questions about love, loyalty, living and dying, may be too leisurely to make it an excellent 'crime novel'. But as a novel whose plot happens to be based on a criminal act, it is outstanding - Literary Review
An engaging, feel-good rollercoaster of a story with enough emotional high climbs and steep dives to please the most exacting fans of the genre. Elaine Proctor handles her large cast of refreshingly original characters with deftness and humour, observing their very human interactions with writing that is as convincing as it is entertaining - Erotic Review
Elaine Proctor was born in South Africa. She has made several films, including On The Wire and Friends and published three novels, Rhumba, The Savage Hour and The Love Factory. She sits on the chapter for screenwriting at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and is a member of the Writer's Guild of Great Britain. Elaine lives in Queen's Park, London.