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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
 
Novels
   Scissors, Paper, Stone (2011)
   Home Fires (2013)
   Paradise City (2015)
   The Party (2017)
   Magpie (2021)
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Novellas and Short Stories
   Collisions (2013)
   Babysitting (2014)
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Non fiction show
 
Elizabeth Day recommends
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You Are Here (2024)
David Nicholls
"You Are Here encompasses all of David Nicholls' characteristic warmth, humour and observational insight. But it also asks fundamental questions of life, love and loneliness in such a beautifully delicate way that you don't even realise it's happening or that the fundamental truth of human happiness has been staring you in the face all along. I don't know how he does it, but he does and he's the only person who can."
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Moral Injuries (2024)
Christie Watson
"An exploration of moral ambiguity and what it really means to protect a life. Watson understands human flaws with empathy and insight. I've never read a novel before that combines such riveting accounts of frontline medicine, female friendship and family dynamics. Unique and compelling."
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This Love (2024)
Lotte Jeffs
"A beautifully written, generous-hearted, clever, tender, fresh and unputdownable novel about queerness, family and forgiveness. I loved This Love."

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Award nominations
2012 Betty Trask Award for Best First Novel (nominee) : Scissors, Paper, Stone


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