Tag Archive: Emma Healey

May 19

The Desmond Elliott Prize shortlist has been announced…

.. and here are the finalists: Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey (Viking); A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray (Hutchinson); Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (Fig Tree) As the hyperlinks above show, I’ve read two of the three finalists.  Unlike the rest of the planet I wasn’t that keen on Elizabeth is Missing (though I …

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Apr 03

The Desmond Elliott longlist has been announced

For those of you not aware, since 2007 the Desmond Elliott prize has been awarded annually to the best first novel written in English and published in the UK.  As with some of the more prestigious literary awards, a longlist is first announced which is then whittled down to three finalists.  This years longlist is …

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Jan 09

And The Winners of the Costa Book Awards are…

How to Be Both by Ali Smith in the best novel category and Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey for best first novel.  The announcement (including winners of the other categories) is here. Absolutely endorse the best novel winner.  Just yesterday I ranked How To Be Both as one my favourite books of 2014 and I can’t …

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Dec 18

Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey

What’s It About? Maud Horsham, now in her eighties, is sliding inexorably into the foggy pit of dementia.  Her daughter, her carer and a stationery store worth of sticky notes are all that’s keeping her from completely forgetting who she is.  Unfortunately none of these things can shed light on where her best friend Elizabeth …

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Nov 19

And the Costa Book Award Finalists for 2014 have been announced

Apparently Costa makes fine coffee.  Also, apparently, they’re interested in promoting fine literature.  I can’t say much about their coffee because I don’t live in the UK, but I’m sure I’ll have a few things to say about the finalists of the First Novel and Novel awards.  Here are the shortlists for those two categories: …

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