Elizabeth is Missing (Paperback)
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Elizabeth is Missing (Paperback)

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The Guardian’s readers placed it number three in the broadsheet’s list of its 10 best books for 2014; it won the Costa first novel prize that same year; and no less than nine publishers went to great lengths – from sending its author Emma Healey tins of peaches, to playing her Ezio Pinza’s performance of Mozart’s Champagne aria (which her central character adores) – to secure her debut, Elizabeth is Missing. Healey’s central character is intriguing and mystifying: the 81-year-old Maud’s dementia leads her to making frequent trips to the shops for anything but the peach slices that she somehow always comes home with, and to constantly wondering what has happened to her friend Elizabeth. The book is an enrapturing page-turner that opens with the discovery of a decomposing 70-year-old mirror compact in Elizabeth’s garden, which triggers Maud to wonder what happened to its owner. Her notes-to-self, previously advising ‘No more peach slices’, hereafter state ‘Elizabeth is missing,’ and a further mystery is added with the timeline’s jumps back to the post-war period, when Maud’s sister Sukey actually went missing. A lot of this novel’s pleasure comes from Healey’s expert Kate Atkinson-like merging of two genres – it’s a little crime and a little literary fiction – and its charm and heart come, it cannot be doubted, from the real inspiration of the dementia experienced by the author’s paternal grandmother.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241968185

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“An accomplished debut novel. Emma Healey is a talented author who writes beautifully, with conviction.”

Maud is 82 years old. She often feels confused, she writes herself notes and remembers to go the shop most days. Maud sometimes doesn't remember what the notes mean. Maud continues to buy tinned peaches, despite... More

Paperback edition
2nd April 2015
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“Great book for everyone”

Maud is very forgetful and she gets worse as time goes along but she knows her friend Elizabeth is missing and cannot understand why no-one else will take her seriously. I started this book thinking it was a... More

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11th April 2015
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“I kept putting it down”

I really did not enjoy this book and have been struggling with it for more than six weeks, which is unheard of for me. It is well written, but disturbing and made me feel miserable. I have only 20 pages or so to... More

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7th May 2015
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