Elsie Donald Burch is a life-long self-learner. She grew up on a cotton farm near Memphis, Tennessee. She went on to study at Edinburgh University, before working as a book packager, then as a full-time writer. Elsie has written three guidebooks on different areas, each of which became the go-to guide in its subject, including Debrett’s Etiquette and Modern Manners. Today, she divides her time between London and southwest France.