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

  • Short Story: Give Me a Buzz

    Available on the BBC Website

    BBC Radio 4
    Price: Free

    Carla has a telephone phobia, whilst her mother is seldom off the thing. Mother has a PHD in History of Art, and somehow telephoning and Dutch Flower Paintings become connected in this world of theirs...

    A short story written by Emma Healey, read by Louise Brealey on BBC Radio 4. Click here to listen

  • Book Writing

    This event is currently ongoing

    Price: Blood, sweat and tears

    Emma is currently writing her next book, but will be taking part in some more events soon. Keep checking this page for details.

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