B. E. Andre was born in Manchester, England, the child of Polish post-war refugee parents. She was educated at Stretford Grammar and Loreto College, read French, German and Swedish at U. C. W. Aberystwyth, and then completed further post-graduate studies in Manchester. This was eventually followed by an M. A. in Critical and Creative Writing at the University of Winchester, United Kingdom. She worked for Reuters News Agency in London where she specialized in the oil market.

She is the proud mother of three grown-up sons who left home when they were supposed to. She lives in Northwich, Cheshire. Among her many interests is the study of wood cabins and garden sheds, and she is on permanent look-out for the ideal writer’s retreat in the Mazury region of Poland.

With Blood and Scars is her debut novel.

With Blood and Scars is a homage to the Poles who were forced to live in exile after World War II, whether in the UK, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, Australia, Mexico, South America, Africa, or the Middle East; they all had to build completely new lives for themselves in alien countries.