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Elizabeth Is Missing

(2014)
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Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
Betty Trask Award Best First Novel (nominee)
Desmond Elliott Prize Best Book (nominee)
Costa Book Awards Best First Novel
NOW A MAJOR BBC DRAMA
A SUNDAY TIMES TOP FIVE BESTSELLER


How do you solve a mystery when you can't remember the clues?

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 . . .

Winner of the Costa First Novel Award
Shortlisted for National Book Awards Popular Fiction Book
Shortlisted for National Book Awards New Writer of the Year

Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize
Longlisted for the Baileys Prize for Women's Fiction

'A thrillingly assured, haunting and unsettling novel, I read it at a gulp' Deborah Moggach, author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

'Elizabeth Is Missing will stir and shake you: the most likeably unreliable of narrators, real mystery at its compassionate core...' Emma Donoghue, author of Room

'Resembling a version of Memento written by Alan Bennett' Daily Telegraph

'One of those mythical beasts, the book you cannot put down' Jonathan Coe, author of The Rotters Club

'Every bit as compelling as the frenzied hype suggests. Gripping, haunting' Observer



Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"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


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