Alice Thomas Ellis was a British writer and essayist. She was the author of numerous novels, and also of some non-fiction, including cookery books. Although her married name was Anna Haycraft, she is best known by her nom-de-plume.
Ellis was born in Liverpool. Her father was half Finnish, and her mother Welsh. She spent part of her childhood as an evacuee in North Wales, a period she later wrote about in A Welsh Childhood. She later moved to Camden in North London.