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Elizabeth Day

Elizabeth Day is an author and journalist. Her critically-acclaimed debut novel Scissors Paper Stone won a Betty Trask Award for first novels written by authors under the age of 35. Her second novel Home Fires is also published by Bloomsbury.

She is a feature writer for the Observer, where she has a wide-ranging brief to write across the paper, incorporating everything from celebrity interviews to crime reportage.
Elizabeth grew up in Northern Ireland and her first job was for The Derry Journal.

Genres: Mystery, General Fiction
New Books
January 2023

Failosophy for Teens
Non fiction
   How to Fail (2019)
   Failosophy (2020)
   Failosophy for Teens (2023)
   Friendaholic (2023)
Betty Trask Award Best First Novel nominee (2012) : Scissors, Paper, Stone

Elizabeth Day recommends
The Snakes (2019)
Sadie Jones
"The Snakes is superbly written, each sentence punctuated by a drumbeat of menace, each word placed with a master's touch. I keep thinking about the questions it poses: about what it is to be good in these imperfect times; about how we can protect our humanity in the face of narcissism and greed. Yet for all its depth and mystery, The Snakes is also just a thrillingly good read."
The Confessions of Frannie Langton (2019)
Sara Collins
"A book of heart, soul and guts...beautifully written, lushly evocative, and righteously furious. Frannie might be a 19th century character, but she is also a heroine for our times."
The Doll Factory (2019)
Elizabeth Macneal
"An astonishingly good debut. The Doll Factory reminded me of The Crimson Petal and the White, Fingersmith and Vanity Fair but had a richness of tone that was uniquely its own. Macneal writes with utter mastery, creating a lushly intricate world peopled by living, breathing characters you can’t help but fall in love with and a plot that rattles like a speeding carriage to its thrilling conclusion. I couldn’t put it down. You won’t be able to either."
The Confession (2019)
Jessie Burton
"Dazzlingly good, utterly engrossing . . . Without doubt one of the best novels of recent years."
Grown-Ups (2020)
Marian Keyes
"A novel that is warm and witty, but never afraid to tackle the big stuff."
Tennis Lessons (2020)
Susannah Dickey
"I loved Tennis Lessons so much. Susannah is a phenomenally talented writer."
Ghosts (2020)
Dolly Alderton
"I love this book. It is wise, funny, tender and true, sharply-observed and utterly hilarious. Alderton's gift is always to give the mundane its beautiful due and in Ghosts, she manages to write a compulsively readable novel about modern dating that also examines the stories we tell ourselves about home, identity and gender. Like all the best writers, she wears her talent lightly, but be in no doubt: Dolly Alderton's talent is phenomenal."
Home Stretch (2020)
Graham Norton
"Full of heart and humanity and I loved every single page. What a storyteller!"
Here Again Now (2022)
Okechukwu Nzelu
"Here Again Now is a novel of great tenderness and understanding. Okechukwu Nzelu's words feel both wise and fresh on the page."
Lessons in Chemistry (2022)
Bonnie Garmus
"A book that sparks joy with every page. LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY is both funny and rousing: it had me laughing one minute and air-punching the next. Bonnie Garmus has created an unforgettable heroine."
Idol (2022)
Louise O'Neill
"IDOL is darkly delicious and asks important questions of fame, influence, self-help and what it really means when we click 'follow'. Louise O'Neill is one of those rare authors whose writing grips you from the first page, but who also makes you think. I will read anything she writes."
The Whalebone Theatre (2022)
Joanna Quinn
"Utterly captivating. An epic romp with characters you cannot help but fall in love with and a plot that takes you in all sorts of unexpected directions. Written with great heart, humour and humanity, it's the kind of book you want to escape normal life to read at every available opportunity."
The Memory of Animals (2023)
Claire Fuller
"The way she writes (with empathy but never sentimently) moves my heart."

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