Elizabeth is Missing

Elizabeth is Missing

Compassionate, 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.

  • Elizabeth is Missing UK Cover
  • Loubli French Cover
  • Elizabeth is Missing US Cover
  • Elizabeth is Missing German Cover
  • Elizabeth is Missing Hebrew Cover
  • Elizabeth is Missing Italian Cover
  • Elizabeth is Missing Dutch Cover
  • Elizabeth is Missing Polish Cover
  • Elizabeth is Missing Slovakia Cover
  • Elizabeth is Missing Spanish Cover

Buy ‘Elizabeth is Missing’

Amazon Amazon hive.co.uk uk.bookshop.org

‘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

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

~ Jonathan Coe

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

~ The Times

‘Very Good Indeed’

~ Jojo Moyes

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

~ Wall Street Journal

‘I’ve never read anything like it’

~ Ruth Rendell
Read more reviews on:
Goodreads Amazon Waterstones

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

~ Deborah Moggach


~ Sunday Express

‘A painfully sad but brilliant debut’

~ Sunday Mirror

‘A spellbinding first novel’

~ New York Times

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

~ Sunday Times

‘Tender, fascinating, compelling, charming’

~ Evening Standard
TV Adaption

Mark Mainz/STV/BBC

TV Adaptation

In 2019, Elizabeth is Missing was adapted for television in a prestigious BBC production starring Glenda Jackson, who won a Leading Actress BAFTA for her portrayal of Maud.