Author of Elizabeth is Missing

Winner of the Costa First Novel Award

Emma Healey is the author of Elizabeth is Missing, and Whistle in the Dark. Her new novel, Sweat, will be published in January 2025.
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Thought-provoking literature

Emma Healey’s debut novel, Elizabeth is Missing, tackled dementia through the prism of a missing persons mystery. It sold over a million copies worldwide, and won the Costa First Novel Award, and was made into a BBC film starring Glenda Jackson (who won a BAFTA and an International Emmy for her portrayal of Maud).

Emma's second novel Whistle in the Dark, explores the effect teenage depression has on a whole family, especially when the depressed teenager is keeping a terrible secret.

Sweat is due to be published in January 2025. It follows a fitness fanatic whose sense of control is tested when her coercive ex-boyfriend suddenly reappears. Read more.

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About Emma

Emma Healey grew up in London where she completed her first degree in bookbinding. She then worked for two libraries, two bookshops, two art galleries and two universities, before graduating from the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She lives in Norwich with her husband, daughter and cat.

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