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January Book of the Month: Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey

elizabeth_is_missingWe are delighted to announce our January Book of the Month: Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey. Like Kate Atkinson's Case Histories, our January choice is a deftly-crafted hybrid: detective mystery crossed with literary fiction.

The unreliable narrator, Maud, is worried about her friend Elizabeth. She is also worried about a compact mirror that she recognizes from 70 years ago but cannot remember the events that would bury it in her friend's garden. There is a lot Maud cannot remember, including what she did a few seconds ago, why she has written notes to herself around the house and what really happened to her sister Sukey in the 1940s.

As Maud's confused mind travels between past and present, the crimes and secrets begin to emerge. The beauty of the recollections is that they show how Maud used to be, before she too became a sort of 'missing' woman. There is a strong compassion and understanding in the author's portrayal of dementia, as well as a quirky humour that interplays with the drama and suspense. Currently shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014 and praised by Room author
Emma Donoghue as a book to 'shake and stir you', this is a compelling and highly confident debut.



What Mumsnetters said about Elizabeth Is Missing

This book giveaway is sponsored by
Penguin Books

'I've just finished it, and I'm crying! Brilliant book, thank you so much for recommending it.'

'A wonderful book.'

'The writing is excellent... seamlessly written.'


Critical Reviews

'A thrillingly assured, haunting and unsettling novel, I read it at a gulp.'  - Deborah Moggach

'Elizabeth is Missing will stir and shake you: an investigation into a seventy-year-old crime, through the eyes of the most likeably unreliable of narrators.' - Emma Donoghue

'One of those semi-mythical beasts, the book you cannot put down.' - Jonathan Coe

emma_healeyAbout the author

Emma Healey grew up in London and worked in bookbinders, art galleries and libraries before enrolling on the Creative Writing course at UEA. Elizabeth is Missing is her first novel, and sparked a bidding war amongst nine publishers. It has been translated into eighteen languages and is a Sunday Times Top Ten besetseller, as well as shortlisted for two National Book Awards: Popular Fiction Book of the Year and New Writer of the Year 2014.

You can follow Emma on Twitter at @ECHealey or find out more on her website.


Q&A with Emma Healey

We are delighted that Emma will be joining us on Wednesday 28 January, 9-10pm to discuss Elizabeth Is Missing, her tips on writing plus much more. Please feel free to discuss the book here throughout the month (avoiding spoilers if possible) and then come and meet Emma on the night, and ask her a question or simply tell her what you thought of the book. Look forward to seeing you here on the 28th.


 If you were not lucky enough to bag one of the free books you can always get your copy here.



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