Emma Healey

Author of Elizabeth is Missing

Winner of the Costa First Novel Award

Emma Healey grew up in London, where she completed her first degree in bookbinding, and graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at University of East Anglia in 2011. She lives in Norwich.

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Elizabeth is Missing

Sunday Times Bestseller

Elizabeth is Missing

Maud’s been getting forgetful. She keeps buying peach slices when she has a cupboard full, forgets to drink the cups of tea she’s made and writes notes to remind herself of things. But Maud is determined to discover what has happened to her friend, Elizabeth, and what it has to do with the unsolved disappearance of her sister Sukey just after the Second World War.

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'Deserves prizes in all categories. A gripping thriller about life. an extraordinary tale of believable, ordinary tragedy'

~ Independent

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. But the real mystery at its compassionate core is the fragmentation of the human mind

~ Emma Donoghue

A thrillingly assured, haunting and unsettling novel, I read it at a gulp

~ Deborah Moggach

One of those semi-mythical beasts, the book you cannot put down

~ Jonathan Coe


~ Sunday Express

An inspired and supremely sensitive evocation of what it is to lose that which makes us who we are

~ The Times

A painfully sad but brilliant debut

~ Sunday Mirror

Very Good Indeed

~ Jojo Moyes

A spellbinding first novel

~ New York Times

Healey’s audacious conception and formidable talent combine in a bravura performance that sustains its momentum and pathos to the last

~ Wall Street Journal

Harrowing, touching and hugely memorable. No conventional crime novel but a compelling work that crosses literary genres

~ Sunday Times

I’ve never read anything like it

~ Ruth Rendell

Tender, fascinating, compelling, charming

~ Evening Standard

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Next Event

  • Suffolk Book League

    Wednesday 13 September 2017, 7.30pm

    Ipswich Institute, Tavern Street, IP1 3AA
    Price: Members £4, Non-Members £8, Students free (on production of a valid student card)

    Emma will be talking about her writing - looking back at her debut novel Elizabeth is Missing and introducing her new novel, which is due to be published next year.

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