Nominated by:

Library of Birmingham, UK

Publisher of nominated edition:

Published by Viking, UK

Elizabeth is Missing

Emma Healey    

2016 Longlist

Meet Maud.

Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it. She goes to the shops and forgets why she went. Sometimes her home is unrecognizable – or her daughter Helen seems a total stranger.

But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, to leave it alone, to shut up, Maud will get to the bottom of it.

Because somewhere in Maud’s damaged mind lies the answer to an unsolved seventy-year-old mystery. One everyone has forgotten about.

Everyone, except Maud . . .

(from publisher)

About the Author

Emma Healey is 28 years old and grew up in London. She has spent most of her working life in libraries, bookshops and galleries. She completed the MA in Creative Writing: Prose at UEA in 2011. Elizabeth is Missing is her first novel.

Librarian’s Comments

A haunting novel based around the experience of Maud, an elderly woman losing her memory. Past and present are intermixed as Maud sets out to solve a mystery, but can’t quite remember what she is investigating. A compelling tale, sensitively told.

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