Elizabeth is MissingCompassionate, spellbinding, memorable
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.
Narrated by a protagonist living with dementia, the book was inspired by family members. It won the 2014 Costa First Novel Award, a Betty Trask Award, the 2015 Premio Salerno Libro d’Europa, and was shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Award, the Desmond Elliott Prize, the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award and the Independent Bookshop Week Award. It was also longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Bailey’s Women’s Prize. It has been translated into 28 languages, and recommended to carers and trainee health workers in the UK. It has now sold over a million copies worldwide.
In 2019 the book was made into a BBC film, starring Glenda Jackson, who won a BAFTA and an International Emmy for her portrayal of Maud.