UEA graduate Emma Healey’s award winning-novel Elizabeth Is Missing is being turned into a TV series

PUBLISHED: 17:47 15 March 2015 | UPDATED: 17:47 15 March 2015

Author Emma Healey at the Octagon Chapel

Author Emma Healey at the Octagon Chapel


A University of East Anglia graduate who won the Costa First Novel award has given a book reading on a return visit to Norwich.

Emma Healey’s book Elizabeth Is Missing was described by judges as “not only... gripping, but it shows incredible flair and unusual skill”.

As well as reading, she answered questions about the novel at the Octagon Chapel on Saturday.

She appeared in a fundraising event for the Forget-Me-Nots, a group working with people with memory difficulties.

The former creative writing student’s book is told from the viewpoint of Maud, an elderly woman suffering from dementia, and was, in part, inspired by her experience with her own grandmother.

She told a rapt audience, which included her mother Kathryn, that it is now being turned into a three-part television series and that she is now about a third of the way off finishing her second novel.

She signed books after the reading.

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